Lashkar militant among 3 killed
18 December 2005
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: Three militants, including a divisional commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit, were killed in a fierce and prolonged encounter at Wuyan, Pampore in south Kashmir while as elsewhere in the Valley, militants hurled a grenade at Public Service Commission office near Municipal Park today without causing any damage. According to sources, a joint party of SOG Pampore and 50 RR today afternoon, after receiving a tip-off, cordoned off a village Wuyan in Pampore. Sources said that the militants who were hiding in a residential house owned by one Mushtaq Ahmed Ganie, opened fire on the troopers ensuing in a fierce gun battle, which ended late this evening. SSP Pampore, while giving the details of the encounter, said that three militants owing allegiance to Lashkar-e-Toiba were gunned down before the operation ended. He claimed that the operation was clean and no damages were caused to forces side, while adding that the house in which the militants were hiding got damaged. He said that the three militants killed included a divisional commander of Lashkar. The divisional commander was identified as Janbaz Mawya, a foreign national. Another deceased militant was identified as Javed Ahmad, resident of Khrew while as the identity of the third slain militant is yet to be ascertained. Police claimed to have recovered 3 AK-47 rifles besides some ammunition from the encounter site. Suspected militants hurled a grenade towards a CRPF picket at Public Service Commission office, today when the area was overcrowded with people busy in shopping during weekly Sunday market. No damage was caused. People, who were busy in shopping, ran for cover and the otherwise busy marketplace turned into a ghosted area. A powerful IED planted near Dhobiwan Tangmarg went off today causing no damages, while as troopers recovered another IED in the same area later, sources said.