June 2001 News

Lashkar top gun, 11 other militants killed in Valley

7 June 2001
The Indian Express

Srinagar: A top commander of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit was among 12 militants killed in Jammu and Kashmir since Wednesday, even as militants attacked two police stations and a security picket with grenades injuring a policeman and four others, official sources said. BSF troopers carry the body of LeT militant Abu Abdullah, killed in a gunbattle on Wednesday evening. (Reuters) BSF troops shot dead top commander of LeT, Abu Abdullah alias Asif, in an encounter at Soura on the outskirts of Srinagar late on Wednesday night, they said. In another encounter between security forces and a group of intruders in Mandi tehsil of Poonch district, one ultra was killed, they said. Two Harkat-ul-Mujaheedin ultras were killed when Army and Border Security Force (BSF) troops foiled an infiltration bid in the same area. Two rucksacks were recovered from the slain militants which contained one AK-56 rifle, three hand grenades, two rifle grenades, radio sets and Indian and Pakistani currency. In an encounter near Bagla village in Rajouri district, three militants were killed Wednesday evening. Two of them were identified as Malik Nadim of Sialkot in Pakistan and Hafiz Jabul Ismail of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). Both belonged to Hizbul Mujaheedeen, they said. One LeT militant was shot dead by security forces on the outskirts of Rajouri town and another gunned down in Surankote Tehsil of Poonch district Wednesday evening, they said. BSF troops shot dead two militants who were laying Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on a road at Lani in Udhampur district. The slain militants were identified as Mohammad Sharief and Mohammad Waqar of Hizbul outfit. Waqar was responsible for many IED blasts in the area, the sources said. Reports from Doda district said an IED blast took place on Jammu-Srinagar national highway at Sher Bibi in Banihal tehsil on Wednesday. However, it did not cause any damage. A report from Udhampur district said four jawans of Special Task Force of police were injured in an encounter with militants at a village in Mahore tehsil on Thursday. The encounter was continuing. Meanwhile, the day-long encounter between militants and BSF at Noorbagh locality of Sopore in North Kashmir ended last night in which one militant was killed and four jawans and two civilians were injured. Four policemen and a civilian were injured when militants attacked a police station in Shaheedgunj in downtown Srinagar with a grenade Wednesday night, they said. Militants also hurled grenades at a police station in Kulgam in South Kashmir and a BSF picket at Ziarat Batmaloo in central Srinagar last night. Two Hizbul militants, Mohammad Qasim Mir and Bashir Ahmadganai, were arrested and some arms and ammunition seized from Narbal crossing on the outskirts of Srinagar last night, they said.


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