LeT militant killed in Awantipora

Security forces near encounter site at Charsoo, Awantipora on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Younis Khaliq
Security forces near encounter site at Charsoo, Awantipora on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Younis Khaliq

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Mar 15 : A Lashkar-e-Toiba militant was killed in a gunfight in Charsoo village in Awantipora area in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district today.
Police said that based on a specific input generated by police regarding presence of a militant in village Charsoo of Awantipora, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, Army’s 42RR and 130 battalion of CRPF in the area.
“As the search party proceeded towards the suspected spot, the hiding militant fired indiscriminately upon the search party which was retaliated effectively, leading to an encounter,” police added.

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One militant identified as Owais Raja son of Mohammad Ramzan Dar of Subhanpora was killed in the gun battle.
As per police records, he was a categorized militant of LeT. He was a part of group involved in several cases including attacks on police, security and civilians.
IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar termed the operation “very important as the area is situated very close to highway and threat was imminent”.
“Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including one AK-56 rifle, three AK magazines and 80 AK rounds were recovered from the site of encounter,” he said, adding, “All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation.”
Today’s encounter was sixth in last one week in which eight militants were killed. On, March 10, two LeT militants identified as Shahid Ahmed Khan son of Mohi-ud-Din Khan resident of Batpora, Pulwama and Fayaz Sheikh son of Gh Rasool Sheikh, resident of Shahpora, Ganderbal were killed in Naina Batpora Pulwama.
On the same day, a foreign militant Manzoor alias Haider alias Hamzah was killed in a shootout in Hazratbal Srinagar. On March 12, two JeM militants including foreign commander Kamaal Bhai alias Jatt and another commander Aqib Mushtaq alias Usman Hyder son of Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat resident of Karimabad, Pulwama were killed in an encounter in Chewa-Kalan area of Pulwama.
O the same day, LeT militant identified as Suhail Ahmad Ganie son of Gulzar Ahmad resident of Terigam Kulgam was killed in an encounter in Nechama Rajwar area of Handwara in Kupwara district.
On the same day, LeT commander identified as Adil Ahmad Khan son of Abdul Ahad resident of Badarkund Ganderbal was killed in an encounter in Nuner hamlet of Ganderbal district.