Lashker`s 2 Pak commanders, SPO killed in Doda
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 20:55
  
Jammu: Two Pakistani militants of Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit, including a self-styled divisional commander, were killed and an Special Police Officer (SPO) laid down his life in a fierce gunbattle with Army and Police in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir today.

Acting on intelligence inputs, troops of 26 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and police launched a cordon and search operation in Thatri forest area, 200 km from here, Brigadier General Staff (BGS), 16 Corps, Gurdeep Singh said.

As the troops were heading towards the hideout, militants bursted grenades and opened indiscriminate firing on the operation party, he said adding in the three hour long encounter, two top Pakistani militants were killed.

One SPO Barkat Ali was critically injured in the encounter and died when he was flown to Jammu for specialised treatment. He was declared brought dead at Government Medical College (GMC) hospital.

The killed militants have been identified as Abu Ans, self-styled divisional commander of LeT, Chenab region and Abu Maz, district commander LeT, Doda. Both belong to Pakistan.

Two AK rifles and ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter, they said adding search operation is going on till late evening.

"It is biggest success of the army and police in the region as these two Pak commanders had escaped during encounter several times in past over one year", he said.

Abu Ans and Maz were active in the belt for the past 10 years, he said adding they were involved in the killing of several SPOs, Civilians and jawans besides engineered blasts targetting security forces in the belt.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 20:55


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