SRINAGAR: Ahead of the annual Amarnath pilgrimage, two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists, including its self-styled divisional commander Shakoor Ahmed Dar, were killed in an encounter with security forces, while another militant surrendered, in Kulgam district of south Kashmir today, police said.
The police said that a tip-off had been received about the presence of some militants in the Chedar Ban area of Qaimoh in Kulgam district, after which a joint team of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, the Army and the CRPF, cordoned off the suspect house this afternoon.
“As the joint patrol approached towards the suspect house, a group of terrorists hiding inside fired indiscriminately on the security forces, to which forces retaliated cautiously leading to an encounter in the area,” the police said in a statement, adding that two terrorists hiding inside the house were successfully eliminated by the security forces.
“We followed the standard operating procedure during which two terrorists were killed and one, who had joined militancy recently, surrendered. He has been taken into custody,” Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Range) Swayam Prakash Pani said here.
He said on the basis of the materials recovered from the encounter site, it is understood that one of the killed terrorists is Shakoor Ahmed Dar, the divisional commander of LeT. The second terrorist was a Pakistani national known as Haider. (AGENCIES)