“Doctor Saheb”, the alleged mastermind behind last month’s car bomb blast outside the high- security Central Jail here, has been killed in an encounter at Ledhu forest in South Kashmir, senior officials said on Thursday.

Acting on a tip off, the police and the Army, had cordoned off the forest area stretching between Krew and Tral area of South Kashmir, after which three terrorists were killed while six to seven were still hiding in the forests.

Identification of the dead Lashkar militants revealed that one of them was Muddasir, a resident of Awantipura (South Kashmir), who left Bachelor of Dental Science course to join Lashkar terror group.

Police was on the look out for Muddasir who was alleged to have mastered the art of assembling Improvised Explosive Devices, senior officials said, adding he had also assembled the IED on September 12 in the car that ripped apart a police bus killing four persons, including three policemen.

Popularly known as “Doctor Saheb”, Muddasir was identified this morning, they said.

Police is also on the look out for a Pakistani national identified as Rahman, who is alleged to have planted the bomb on the outskirts of the high-security prison. The IED was tied to a gas cylinder which was kept in a car parked nearly 30 metres from the jail.

The terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba was behind the incident for which logistics were provided by Hizbul Mujahideen.

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