NEW DELHI: A Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist was on Sunday gunned down in an encounter with security forces in central Kashmir's Budgam district. The security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation on Saturday night in Khan Mohalla of Arizal in Beerwah area of the district.
"In a brief encounter, one LeT terrorist named Shafat Wani of Baramulla was killed, 1 AK-47, 4 magazines, 2 grenades and war like stores recovered from him. His elimination was a big success for us," said AK Nair, CO 53 RR.
The security forces reportedly received a specific input about the presence of militants there, the police official said. He added that as the forces were conducting the searches when a terrorist tried to flee by coming out of a house and firing indiscriminately on the forces.
The security forces retaliated and the militant was killed, the official said.
Identified as Shafat Hussain Wani, the slain militant is a resident of Wagoora area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district.
Wani was affiliated with LeT since April 2017, the official said.
Incriminating materials, including arms and ammunition, mobile phones and cash worth Rs 30000 have been recovered from the encounter site.
The incident left a lady injured. She received an injury on her thigh when the hiding militant was trying to escape by firing indiscriminately.
She was evacuated to a hospital by the police and her condition is stable.
Legal proceedings have, meanwhile, been initiated by police and the investigation is underway.
(With inputs from PTI)