Six Lashkar Militants Gunned Down
7 May 2004
Bandipur: Six militants of the Lashkar-e-Taiba were killed in an encounter with the security forces near this north Kashmir town today. Col. Shekhawat, Commanding Officer of the 19 Raj Rifles, said his troops - under 'Operation Kala Pathar' - cordoned off the village, Aham Sharief, and raided a cave in which about ten militants were hiding. The militants fired at the troops. A fierce gun-battle followed which resulted in the death of the six top militants, all Pakistanis. They have been identified as Abdullah, Mustafa Arshad, Muhammad Amir, Mohammad Sayeed, Abu Mohammad Salfi, and Mohammad Sayeed. Six AK rifles, 1000 rounds, grenades and other ammunition were recovered. Col. Shekhawat said the Army had taken all efforts to stop infiltration and if the militants tried to sneak in 'we will destroy them.' However, there have been no fresh attempts at infiltration through Bandipore, one of the preferred routes of the militants who cross to this side after reaching Kupwara and then scale the heights through the Lolab forests.