Two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists, including a commander, who were allegedly involved in the planning of the 2019 Pulwama attack that left 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers dead, were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces on Saturday, the Jammu & Kashmir Police said. The Pulwama attack escalated tensions between India and Pakistan as it prompted New Delhi to launch an air strike on a JeM camp inside the Pakistani territory. The Pakistani air force tried to carry out a retaliatory attack. An Indian pilot was captured by the Pakistani side after a dogfight with an enemy aircraft before being released days later. Inspector general of police (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar identified the commander as Ismal Alvi alias Lamboo alias Adnan and said he was a relative of Masood Azhar, who founded JeM after his release from an Indian prison in exchange of passengers of a hijacked plane in 1999.