Sailor-turned-LeT Man Killed In J&K

17 August 2009
Times of India


Srinagar: A former Indian Navy sailor turned Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist was killed in an encounter with security forces at Aarmullah in south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Sunday. Pulwama SSP Kifayat Haider said Jan Mohammad Ahangar had deserted the Navy in 2004 after serving as sailor for three years. ‘‘He had joined the Navy after passing his class 12th exams in 2001,’’ he said. He returned to his native Tral in the Valley and joined the militant ranks in 2004. The officer said Ahangar first joined Hizbul Mujahideen and then switched over to LeT recently. ‘‘He was the outfit’s south Kashmir commander,’’ he said. The security forces, who were hot on Ahangar’s trail, were tipped off on his presence at Aarmullah on Sunday morning. ‘‘He was killed in the exchange of fire after security forces laid a siege around his hideout,’’ the SSP said. Haider said one grenade and two AK-series magazines were recovered from the encounter site. Sources said two of Ahangar’s accomplices, including a Pakistani terrorist, managed to flee after breaching the security ring around their hideout. One of them was identified as Zahoor Ahmad Mir of Armullah.