Top Jaish Commander, Associate Killed In Kashmir
29 December 2007
Srinagar: A top commander of Pakistan based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammad and his associate were killed in a fierce gunfight with Indian soldiers in Kashmir, Saturday. A police officer in South Kashmir told News Blaze that police received specific information that some militants including the Jaish commander were hiding in South Kashmir. He said after receiving the inputs, Indian army and police personnel laid siege around Ladkigam village, Drubgam in South Kashmir and conducted combing operations. 'After plugging off all the possible escape routes, the soldiers zeroed-in on a residential house of one Mohammad Abdullah Ganai and asked the militants present inside to surrender. The militants turned down the offer and fired from sophisticated weapons towards the soldiers. The fire was returned by the soldiers triggering an encounter', the police officer said. He said that fierce exchange of fire between the militants and soldiers continued for more than five hours during which two militants including the top Jaish commander were killed. An army soldier was also injured in the shoot-out. The police officer said that some arms and ammunition were recovered from the encounter site. The police officer identified the slain Jaish commander as Abdul Gani Dar. 'The slain militant commander was a wanted militant commander and was injured in several attacks on army and police', he added. He termed his killing as a major jolt to the militant group. The house, from which the militants were firing, was damaged during the gunfight. Fayaz Wani reports on life in Srinagar, Kashmir.