LeT commander among 5 terrorists gunned down in Kashmir encounters

Srinagar, Nov 30: Five militants, including a top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), were killed and an Army jawan was injured in two separate encounters in Kashmir valley on Thursday.
Defence Ministry spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said following specific information about presence of militants, Special Operations Group (SOG) of state police, Army and CRPF launched a joint search operation in Fotlipora in central Kashmir district of Budgam on Thursday morning.
However, he said when security forces were moving towards a particular area, militants hiding there, fired at them with automatic weapons.
The security forces also retaliated, ensuing in an encounter.
He said four militants were killed in the encounter. “One of the killed militant was identified as Shabir Ahmad Dar, a resident of Thokerpora Pulwama. The identity of other three foreign militants is being ascertained,” he added.
He said three AK rifles, three AK magazines, 111 AK rounds and other ammunition were recovered from the encounter site.
A senior Army officer told reporters that militants were repeatedly asked to surrender but they continued firing. He said it took about four hours to complete the operation.
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir range Munir Ahmad Khan said since the house was very big, it took more time. He said the house in which the militants were hiding caught fire.
Meanwhile, a police spokesperson said that SOG along with 22 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and 179, 92 and 177 battalion of CRPF acting upon specific information, launched a joint Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) at Kumar Mohalla Sagipora in Sopore in north Kashmir district of Baramulla.
During the search, he said militants hiding in a Nallah near water point of Kumar Mohalla Sagipora fired upon the joint search party.
“The fire was retaliated in which one militant was gunned down,” he said, adding the militant was later identified as Muzamil, a Pakistani, affiliated with LeT outfit, Commander of north Kashmir. One soldier was also injured in the exchange of fire.
“One AK rifle, five AK magazines, 124 AK rounds, one UBGL, five UBGL rounds and other ammunition was recovered from the encounter site,” he added. (UNI)