Top Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Mohammad Naveed Jatt, wanted for the assassination of Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari, was shot down in a joint operation of security forces and local police on Wednesday.
An exchange of fire broke out between terrorists and security forces in Chathergam village of Jammu and Kashmir`s Budgam district in the wee hours of Wednesday. According to the latest report, some terrorists are still hiding in a house in the area. Combing operations are on.
Jatt, who fled from police custody earlier this year, was involved in several cases of attack on the security forces and civilians in Kashmir. He was spotted at the funeral of a terrorist in Shopian in August this year.
A resident of Multan in Pakistan, Jatt was arrested in June 2014 at Yaripora in Kulgam. On February 6, he pulled off a dramatic escape from Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital in Srinagar after his associates shot dead two policemen who were accompanying him for medical checkup.
Bukhari, the editor-in-chief of local daily Rising Kashmir, was killed on June 14 by three men outside his office at press enclave in Srinagar. Two of his personal security officers were also killed in the attack.
Hours after the sensational killing, police had released CCTV grabs of the three attackers, who were riding a motorcycle. While one of the attackers was wearing a helmet, the other had worn a mask.
State police later released the names and pictures of four people – Malik, Muzaffar Ahmad, Naveed Jutt and Sajad Gul – as the accused in the Bukhari’s assassination.
Malik, Ahmad and Jutt were identified as LeT terrorists while gunman Sajad Gul was a Kashmiri based in Pakistan.