November 2006 News

3 LeT 'comdrs' killed in Doda

8 November 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar: Security forces and police tonight gunned down three top Lashkar-e- Toiba (LeT) militants, all 'commanders' at Draman in Gandoh area of Doda district while LeT ultras clashed with Hizbul Mujahideen activists at Ghuroo, Gandoh early this morning in which a top Hizbul Mujahideen ultra was killed. Security forces recovered 10 kg RDX in Thathri and a consignment of explosives in Banihal. SSP Doda Manohar Singh said Doda police and Army launched a search operation at Draman, Gandoh at 4 pm after developing an information that three top Lashkar 'commanders' were meeting in the house of LeT 'area commander' Shabir Ahmed alias Abu Bakar son of Mohd Subhan Wani. The house was surrounded. A contact with the militants was established at 6 pm. The militants were killed at 9 pm after a heavy exchange of gunbattle for three hours. Security forces or police didn't suffer any casualties. Bodies of two LeT 'commanders' including Shabir Ahmed in whose house the encounter took place have been recovered from the spot. Second militant has been identified as Ashiq Hussain, a 'section commander' son of Abdul Qayoom Mir R-o Tanta, Gandoh. Official sources said body of third militant hasn't been recovered so far but he was believed to be Saifullah, also an 'area commander' of the outfit. Searches were going on in the area till late tonight to recover Saifullah's body. Recoveries made from the scene of encounter include one AK rifle with three magazines and one SLR with three magazines. More recoveries were expected to be made from the spot tomorrow morning, sources said. In another incident, a top Hizbul ultra Gul Nawaz Shah alias Abu Hamza son of Ghulam Mohd Shah R-o Jora, Gandoh was killed in exchange of firing between Lashkar and Hizbul militants at Chohan Wali Ghat in Ghuroo area of Gandoh in Doda this morning. After the clash, activists of both the group fled away from the spot. The LeT militants took away with them Shah's AK rifle with them. Police and security forces rushed to the spot and have launched a search operation for militants of the two outfits. Sources said Shah was earlier working with LeT outfit but had sometime back switched over to Hizbul Mujahideen as he was virtually rendered to a coolie by foreign mercenaries of Lashkar cadre. Since then Shah was being searched by Lashkar militants and was finally killed this morning. Shah was a dreaded militant and was surviving for last six to seven years. His body has been handed over to his family for performing last rites. Army today recovered 10 kg RDX hidden between boulders and wrapped in polythene on outskirts of Thathri in Doda. No arrests were made from the spot, sources said. Troops destroyed a hide-out of the militants at Badi Naal in Banihal tehsil of Ramban police district and recovered one 12 bore single barrel gun, 125 AK rounds, two UBGL grenades, two Chinese hand grenades, one remote control IED receiver and one binocular.


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