Top LeT Commander Killed In Kashmir22 June 2010
Srinagar: In an encounter lasting more than 20 hours, security forces killed Abu Zubair, a most-wanted militant and the deputy chief commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Kashmir. A policeman was also killed in the battle. Zubair, a foreigner, was responsible for several attacks in the state, including the killing of four CRPF men on December 30, 2009. “After the gun battle, we found one body and seized one AK-47 assault rifle. The body was of Zubair, second-in-command to Abdullah Uni, the LeT chief in Kashmir,” Farooq Ahmad, inspector-general of police, Kashmir range, said. The encounter started at Bhagat mohalla in Sopore, when security forces started on the trail of militants who had carried out four attacks on Monday, killing one person and injuring nine, including five policemen. After a few hours, the forces zeroed in on a militant hideout at the mohalla. As soon as they tried to get into the house, militants fired on them, injuring police constable Ghulam Hassan, who died in hospital. This year alone, Sopore has borne the brunt of more than a dozen attacks by militants and these ranged from grenade-lobbing to point bank shooting of policemen and brazen attacks on other security installation. Most of the attacks have been carried out by the module comprising LeT, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and Hizbul Mujahideen, headed by Uni and Zubair. “Zubair was involved in a number of attacks on security forces, including killing of policemen and CRPF men. He had been active in the area for more than four years and his death will certainly help restore peace in Sopore,” Altaf Khan, the SP of Sopore, said. Over the past year, more than 20 security men and 15 militants have died in militancy related incidents in Sopore. “Sopore has been a separatist hub since the onset of militancy. There are still a large number of overground workers in this area who provide logistics and hideouts to militants,” a source said.