April 2007 News

Five Pak-based LeT militants killed in encounters

28 April 2007
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: Five militants of Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Toiba outfit were killed in two separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir today, where ultras shot dead a civilian in Kulgam while a highly decomposed body was fished out from Jhelum river here, police said. Four hardcore LeT militants were killed in a fierce gunbattle lasting several hours at Maganwari forest in Kandi belt of Kupwara district this afternoon, Senior Superintendent of Police, Kupwara, Vijay Kumar said. Kumar, who was leading the operation alongwith senior officers of 47 Rashtriya Rifles, said a joint search was launched in the area following specific information about presence of militants this morning. The militants were asked to surrender but they opened fire and in the ensuing gunbattle got killed. A huge cache of arms and ammunition were recovered from the possession of the slain ultras, whose identity was being ascertained. However, the documents recovered from them revealed their affiliation with LeT outfit, Kumar added. In another encounter, a police spokesman said security forces shot dead a top LeT militant identified as Abu Hamza alias Shamsher during search operations in Tulwani area of Bhudal tehsil of Rajouri district today. An AK assault rifle, four magazines, 23 rounds and three grenades were recovered from the killed militant whose another associate, however, escaped the security dragnet, he said. The spokesman said militants shot dead one Wahid Ahmad Sheikh, a driver by profession, at Chowgal village in Damhal Hanjipora area of Kulgam district in the wee hours today. A highly decomposed body of an unidentified person was fished out from river Jhelum at Safakadal in downtown Srinagar today, the spokesman said.


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