Srinagar: Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba
suffered a major setback in the Kashmir valley as security
personnel have been killed five of its top terrorists,
including three self-styled divisional commanders, during an
encounter in the border district of Kupwara.
The five Lashker militants were killed after a day-long
encounter which ended last night after a massive explosion
rocked a house at a village Maidanpora in Lolab area of the
district, a police spokesman said.
The militants have been identified as Saqib alias Sohail,
Lashker`s Divisional Commander for North Kashmir, Hamad alias
Haneef, Divisional Commander for Kupwara and Qari Saifullah,
Divisional Commander for Central Kashmir, he said.
The militants were killed in the encounter which began
early yesterday. Charred bodies of the ultras were recovered
from the debris of the house where they were hiding at the
Five AK-47 rifles have also been recovered from the
The other two militants killed in the encounter are
Chotta Saad, Battalion Commander of Lashkar and Umair alias
Hafiz, the spokesman said.
Saqib, who was responsible for the killing of a policeman
in Sopore earlier this month, is considered a backbone of
Lashkar in Lolab and had been active since 2009. Hamad was one
of the most wanted militants in North Kashmir and was active
since 2008. He was injured in an army operation in December.
Qari Saifullah was active in Ganderal and Harwan areas of
According to sources, the militants were holding a
meeting in the house to plan future strikes on security
installations in Kashmir valley.