Foreign LeT Commander Mehmood Bhai Killed In Kashmir Encounter

23 June 2014

New Delhi: A top foreign commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant outfit was killed in a gunfight between security forces and guerrillas in Jammu and Kashmir's Sopore town on Monday. 'One foreign militant commander identified as Mehmood Bhai of the LeT has been killed in the Krankshevan (Sopore) encounter that started yesterday (Sunday) evening,' a senior police officer told IANS here. The officer said a local militant is still holed up inside the house from where they fired at the security forces Sunday evening when police, counter insurgency Rashtriya Rifles and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force jointly started an operation against them. This followed intelligence reports that two to three guerrillas were hiding inside a house in Krankshevan colony of Sopore town in Baramulla district, 54 km from Srinagar. A senior police official said acting on a specific information about the presence of 2-3 militants at Krankshavan in Sopore, the joint team of army and Kashmir Police cordoned off the whole area at around 5:15 pm on Sunday. 'Following specific intelligence inputs about the presence of a group of militants in Krankshavan colony of Sopore, security forces comprising local police, Rashtriya Rifles and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers surrounded the area in the evening but came under fire,' a senior police officer said. This triggered the gunfight which is still on. 'The security forces are carrying out the operations against the militants with extreme caution to ensure that civilian life and property is not damaged in the area,' he added. According to the police official, two to three guerrillas of the banned Pakistan-based outfit are believed to be hiding in the cordoned area.