Top LeT Commander, Associate Killed In Anantnag Kashmir Encounter

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Anantnag: In an morning encounter at Dailgam village of Anantnag district today, security forces have killed two militants including top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Bashir Lashkari and an associate.

Last month Bashir Lashkari had led a gang of terrorist who had ambushed and killed 6 policemen, which included the officer Feroz Ahmad Dar.

Officials sources say that after receiving an intelligence tip of about the presence of militants in Dailgam village, the security forces cordoned off the village and launched a search operation.

On being holed up, the militants started firing leading to a gun fight between the militants and the security forces.

Anantnag LeT commander Bashir Lashkari killed in morning encounter (File Photo)

Initially, the forces were not able to isolate the militants as they took shelter behind civilians, which included a new born baby, who were made hostages inside their own house.

However, sources claimed that the security forces managed to rescue them. During the gunfight, 5 people are said to have sustained injuries. Two civilians later succumbed to their injuries.

The forces have gunned down the two militants. Slain militant Bashir Lashkari with his colleagues had on 17 June ambushed a police party at Kulhad on Achabal Anantnag road killing 6 policemen.

The encounter is over. Two militants have been killed,” said SP Vaid, Director General of Police. The other terrorist killed has been identified as Azad Dada.

After the attack which killed the policemen, the Jammu & Kashmir police had announced a Rs 10 bounty for Bashir Lashkari.

Lashkari, a resident of Sopshali Kokernag, was recruited by the militant outfit on October 2, 2015. Categorised as an A++ militant, Lashkari was the outfit’s commander in Anantnag district.

(With inputs from PTI)

Saahil Suhail is a reporter with CNN iReport and Early Times Jammu. As a former Editor-in-Chief of Peace News Kashmir, he has been regularly reporting on Jammu & Kashmir. With Hill Post, Saahil is a contributing reporter. He lives in Anantnag, Kashmir.

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