Two LeT militants killed as army operation enters 3rd day

Two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants were killed in a fierce encounter with security forces in Beri-Rakh forest in the border district of Poonch as the operation to track down militants in the area entered the third day today.

Last Updated: Jul 15, 2010, 21:14 PM IST

Jammu: Two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants were
killed in a fierce encounter with security forces in Beri-Rakh
forest in the border district of Poonch as the operation to
track down militants in the area entered the third day today.

Two bodies of militants and one AK-47 rifle have been
retrieved from the encounter site during search operation in
Beri Rakh forests in Mendhar border belt of Poonch district
since this morning, said a PCR release this evening.

The identity of the terrorists has not been established
so far, it said.

The operation is continuing to track down the rest of
the terrorissts in this dense forest area, the release said.
The anti-terrorist operation was launched by Army`s 37
Rashtriya Rifle (RR) troops on inputs about infiltration of a
group of 10 to 12 militants in Mankote forest belt on July 13
around 0900 hours.

During the operation, an Army major was killed and six
other securitymen, including a colonel, injured in an
encounter with suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists on July
13.

Major Amit Phunge was killed in the encounter with
the militants while Colonel Ajay Katoch of 47 Rashtriya Rifles
was injured.

Meanwhile, police today recovered some arms and
ammunition from Bonjwah-Kither area of Kishtwar district where
one district commander of LET, identified as Isaq Bhat alias
Hamza /Ateeq was gunned down by police yesterday.

The recoveries included two AK Magzines, 38 rounds of
AK,three electronic detonators, 4 normal detonators, one
Chinese grenade, three mobile sets, two sim cards and one
pouch, the release said.

PTI

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