September 2006 News

Militant behind Hindu massacre in Kashmir killed

14 September 2006
Indo-Asian News Service

Jammu: A top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant allegedly responsible for the massacre of 13 Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir in May was gunned down by security forces in Udhampur district Thursday.Based on specific army intelligence inputs, personnel of the 12 Rashtriya Rifles, the Border Security Force (BSF) and police launched a joint operation Thursday morning in Panera village of Udhampur, about 150 km north of Jammu. Security forces circled a house in the village where LeT militants were reported to be hiding and a fierce fire fight began. The security forces were able to shoot the militant, identified as Ejaz Ahmad, a top militant of LeT. According to official sources in Udhampur quoting the latest reports, the militant was behind the killings of the 13 Hindus on May 1 in this area. An Indian soldier was also injured in the encounter. Officials described the killing as a 'major success' as the security forces had been on his trail for a long time. The gun battle was still continuing with his accomplices holed up in the house, officials said. In two major successes earlier this month, security forces had killed Billoo Gujjar, a top commander of Hizbul Mujahedeen, in the Gool area of Udhampur district as well as a top militant of the Al Badr in Rajouri district.


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