Srinagar, Jan 10: A top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant was killed in a gun battle in North Kashmir’s Bandi-pora early today while security forces conducted operation at around half a dozen places in South Kashmir against militants.
Security forces including 13-Rashtriya Rifles (RR) of army and Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Bandipora, cordoned off Parray Mohalla Hajan in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district early today.
A LeT militant, who was hiding in a house opened fire on the troops during the house to house searches, leading to a gun battle in which he was shot dead by the troops. The gun battle lasted till 7 a.m. and during searches one AK 47, three AK Magazines, three hand grenades, one radio set, one pouch, one matrix sheet and 200 AK rounds were recovered from the encounter site.
The militant was identified as Abu Maviya of LeT. He along with his associates had infiltrated into Kashmir in September last year from Macchil sector of Kupwara and was operating in the Hajan area since then.
He along with his three associates fled from security cordon in Hajan area of Bandipora thrice last year in November and December. The security forces were tracking the group for several months.
In the meantime, security forces including 55 RR and SOG Shopian cordoned off Heff Shermal in South Kashmir district of Shopian early today. There are 7 militants of LeT from the village and security forces had information about their movement in the village. However, the operation was later called off and no one was arrested.
Security forces including 50 RR, 183 Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and SOG Kakapora cordon off Kandi Zal area of Pampore in Pulwama district today. Sources said that the security forces had information about presence of Reyaz Dar of LeT and his associates in the village. However, the operation was later called off.
Security forces including 55 RR and SOG Awantipora cordon off Khandaypora, Awantipora in district Pulwama today. They had information about presence of Reyaz Naiku of Hizbul Mujahideen and his associates in the village. However, the operation was later called off.
Security forces including 42 RR and SOG Awantipora cordon off Batpora, Noorpora, Tral in Awantipora area of district Pulwama today. They had information about presence of some militants in the area. The troops also cordoned off Ratsuna in Tral area of Awantipora in district Pulwama today. However, the operations at these places were later called off.