Two top LeT militants slain, SPO wounded
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 10, 2010, 21:25
Jammu: Two top Lashker-e-Toiba militants were killed today in a fierce gunbattle with army troops which also left a JCO and a Special Police Officer (SPO) wounded in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district.

On receiving information that some militants had entered a mosque in Kangri Thanole village, troops of 64 Rashtriya Rifles and police cordoned off the area, a senior army officer said.

The militants were told to surrender but they fired on the troops who did not retaliate keeping in mind the sanctity of the shrine, he said.

After nearly four hours of persuasion by troops and locals, the militants came out of the mosque, but took shelter in a hideout in adjoining Thanole forest belt, some 140-km from here.

A fierce gunbattle ensued between the holed-up ultras and the troops in which the two militants were killed, the officer said.

An SPO and a Junior Commissioned Officer were wounded in the gunfight and were hospitalised, he said.

The slain militants were identified as Irfan Mushtaq and Abrar alias Abu Ubada, self-styled Divisional Commander and Commander respectively of the LeT.

Two AK-47 rifles, two grenades, three AK-47 magazines and 47 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the scene, the officer said.


First Published: Sunday, January 10, 2010, 21:25

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