LeT commander among 2 militants killed in Kishtwar

Last Updated: Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 23:58

Jammu: Two Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) militants, including a district commander, were on Thursday killed in an encounter in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Two militants, including the most wanted district
commander -- Habib Gujjar alias Salmaan, were killed in a
gunbattle in Keshwan belt of this district, Inspector General
of Police (IGP), Jammu Zone, Dilbagh Singh told reporters
here.

Acting on a specific information about the presence of
two militants, including Gujjar in Nagnigarh area of Keshwan
belt of the district, 11 Rashtriya rifles (RR) personnel and
police launched a joint operation around 0400 hours.

During the encounter, Gujjar and newly recruited
militant Irshad Ahmed - were killed, the IGP said.

He said that the operation was led by Senior
Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kishtwar, Bhim Sen Toti.

Giving further details, he said that Gujjar was
involved in six cases, including three killings and three
attacks on security forces in recent past.

With his killing, LeT outfit has been wiped out from
the Doda and Kishtwar districts, the IGP claimed.

He said LeT militants- Khursheed, Isaq, Johan Mohammad
and Noman - were killed in the areas during past few months,
apart from the two killed today.

Police have recovered one AK-56 rifle, three magazines,
134 rounds of AK rifle, two Chinese grenades, some strategic
maps of Doda and Kishtwar areas, besides letter pads and LeT
material, the IGP said.

He, however, said that several groups of Hizbul
Mujahideen (HM) militants are operating in the twin districts
and efforts are on to wipe these groups out.

Replying to a question about the arrest of an LeT
militant Mushtaq Ahmed in Jammu last night, he said that he
has married here and was living in Belicharana area of the
city for the past three years.

But during the period, Ahmed was not involved in any
militant activity, Singh said, adding he told interrogators
that he has left militancy after having a narrow escape in an
encounter in 2008 in Reasi district.

He also ruled out any threat to Amarnath yatra and
Republic day and said that necessary measures have been taken
in this regard.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 10:49

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