Shahid Latif, believed to be mastermind of 2016 Pathankot attack gunned down in a Mosque in Pakistan

NEW DELHI — Shahid Latif, a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant was gunned down by unidentified assailants in a mosque in Daska town of Pakistan’s Sialkot district on Wednesday, PTI reported.

Latif was believed to be the mastermind of the 2016 attack on an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot.

Latif, alias Bilal, a designated militant under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, is learnt to have been shot dead along with two of his associates by three gunmen.

He had infiltrated into the Kashmir Valley in 1993 and was arrested a year later. He was in Jammu jail with Masood Azhar, the founder of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), militant outfit till 2010, officials said.

He was deported to Pakistan in 2010 following his release and formally joined the militant group, they said.

Seven IAF personnel were killed when four Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militants sneaked into the Pathankot Air Force Station on January 2, 2016. The siege went on for three days.