The eyes and ears of the Jaish-e-Mohammad have been taken away with the killing of Khalid on Monday. Khalid one of the key members of the terror group had plotted a series of attacks in the Valley over the years.
"He was one the oldest surviving foreign terrorists operating in Kashmir. He had been here since 2009 and knew about everything in Kashmir," said senior police officer Munir Ahmad Khan.
Khalid was instrumental in plotting the attacks on the District Police Lines at Pulwama and BSF camp in Srinagar recently. In the month of August, over 10 Jaish terrorists had infiltrated into the Valley from Pakistan. They were divided into batches to carry out separate attacks.
Intelligence Bureau officials say that these persons were being handled by Khalid in the Valley. He was the go-in-between man and was the main person for the Jaish in the Valley.
He has been active in Kashmir since 2008, his dossier suggests. He had launched operations in the South of Kashmir, but since the past six months moved towards the northern part of the state.
With the terrorist groups suffering huge casualties in South Kashmir as a result of Operation Clean Up launched by the Indian Army, they had started focusing more on the northern side of the state.
Security forces say that Khalid was was intercepted at Ladoora along the Baramulla-Handwara highway around 60 kilometres from Srinagar. He was initially injured in the gun fight, but was finally gunned down. Intelligence Bureau officials say that they Khalid has an accomplice who goes by the alias Ahmed and he is next on the target of the security forces.
The remaining top terrorists of the Valley:
Zakir Musa: He features first on the list. He had broken away from the Hizbul Mujahideen Mujahideen and formed an outfit affiliated to the al-Qaeda. The IB says that he is trying to breed a new ideology into Kashmir.
Riyaz Naikoo: He is part of the Hizbul Mujahideen. He is the district commander of the outfit and is based in Pulwama. A resident of Tokun in Awantipore, he was recruited into the outfit in December 2012.
Saddam Paddar: He is the district commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen at Shopian. A resident of Shrimal in Shopian, he was recruited into the outfit on September 25 2015. He was part of the Burhan Wani group.
Zeenat-ul-Islam: The dreaded Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorist, he has been classified Grade A++. Going by the alias Alkama, he is a resident of Sugan Zanipura in Shopian. He was recruited on November 17 2015.