Junior Army officer, Jaish top commander killed in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Sep 21 (UNI) A Junior Army officer and a top commander of Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammad were killed while militants attacked a police party in the Kashmir valley overnight.

Superintendent of Police, Awantipora, Sardar Khan said Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and troops of 50 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and 10 Para-regiment launched a joint operation at Lam-Tral, about 35 km from here in south Kashmir this morning following a tip off about the presence of militants there.

During the operation, an encounter ensued in which a militant was killed, who was later identified as Jamal alias Bilal, a resident of Balochistan, Pakistan.

He said Bilal was self-styled District Commander of Jaish, who was wanted in a several militancy-related incidents.

Mr Khan said a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) also lost his life in the encounter.

A police spokesman said an encounter took place between militants and security forces near Tehsil office, Pattan, on Srinagar-Uri road last night in which a civilian Azhar-ul-Haq was injured.

Militants later managed to escape under the cover of darkness, he said, adding the injured was hospitalised.

He said militants hurled a hand grenade towards the police guards posted at the residence of Mohammad Yousuf Peer, at Wakoora, Ganderbal last evening.

However, the grenade missed the intended target and exploded without causing any damage.

The guards also retaliated but there was no report of any loss of life or damage to property.

UNI

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