June 2001 News

Lashkar's supreme commander killed in Kashmir

21 June 2001
The Indian Express

Srinagar: In a major success, security forces have gunned down two top commanders of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit, including its supreme commander, in the Valley, a defence spokesman said on Thursday. The self-styled LeT commander Omar Abdullah Makki and his close associate, Abu Hans alias Abu Hyder, both Pakistani nationals, were killed in a fierce encounter at village Gopalpora in Badgam district on Wednesday night, he said. He said the troops, acting on specific informaton, cordoned off a few suspected houses in the village on Wednesday evening. Even as the cordon was being laid militants hiding inside one of the houses opened indiscriminate fire using AK-47 rifles and lobbed grenades at the security forces. In the fierce encounter that ensued, Makki and Hans, divisional commander of LeT for Srinagar and Badgam districts, were killed by the security forces. "This is a major success for security forces as it has led to a total void in hierarchy of LeT and is a big blow to their operations in the Valley," the spokesman said. Five security personnel were injured and the house where the two top militants were hiding, was completely damaged, sources said, adding the house owner and his daughter were taken into custody by the Special Operations Group. Elsewhere in the Valley, an unidentified militant and a civilian were killed while a woman was injured in separate shootouts and security forces unearthed an arms dump seizing a huge cache of arms and ammunition since Wednesday night.


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