LeT commander among 2 militants killed in Kishtwar
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 04, 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.


First Published: Thursday, August 04, 2011, 10:49

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