Foreign LeT militant killed, another escapes; operation over in Kulgam: IGP

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Srinagar: A top foreign militant of Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kulgam district on Friday.
The operation has ended as another militant escaped, Inspector General of Police (IGP) K Vijay Kumar told reporters.
The IGP said militants on Thursday afternoon attacked Border Security Force (BSF) convoy on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Malpora in Kulgam district. There was no injury in the attack, he said, adding that security forces deployed on the highway immediately retaliated and the militants entered a nearby building.
He said additional security forces were rushed and building was sealed from all sides. Firing continued between the trapped militants and security forces.
Police rescued 22 civilians, including shopkeepers, women and non locals, from the encounter site, he said, adding that intermittent firing continued during the night.
With the first light this morning, security forces entered the building despite firing from militants, Kumar said, adding that earlier it was reported that two LeT militants were trapped in the building.
One militant was killed in the encounter this morning. The slain militant was identified a Usman, a foreigner affiliated with LeT. Later, the entire building was searched and no other militant was found. For the first time militant used RPG during the encounter, he said.
The IGP said the recovery from militant included one RPF, one AK-47 rifle, four magazines , few grenades and other incriminating material. Security forces averted a major tragedy by eliminating the militant.
He said two security force personnel and as many civilians were injured during the encounter.
‘I congratulate security forces for eliminating the LeT militant who was planning a major strike ahead of Independence Day (ID) on the highway’, he said.
In reply to a question, he said there was a general input that militants could attack security forces on Srinagar-Baramulla and Pantha Chowk –Qazigund highway.