Two Lashkar militants among 3 killed, hideout busted in J

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Srinagar, Mar 12 (UNI) Two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants were among the three people killed while a civilian was wounded in a grenade attack in Jammu and Kashmir during the past 24 hours, an official spokesman said today.

The Army today busted a militant hideout at Tral in south Kashmir's Pulwama district and seized a large cache of arms and ammunition from it.

The spokesman said security forces shot dead two LeT militants during an encounter at village Lowarka under the Manjkote Police station in Rajouri district of Jammu region early this morning.

The encounter ensued after a search party was attacked by the militants with automatic weapons and grenades, he added.

Two AK rifles, four magazines and one wireless set were seized from the encounter site.

Police recovered a beheaded body of a male at village Kedder in Kulgam area of Anantnag district today.

A civilian was wounded when militants hurled a hand grenade at the security forces at the Baramulla cement bridge in north Kashmir last night.

The injured have been shifted to a hospital, the spokesman said.

Militants kidnapped Imtiyaz Ahmad Bhat from paddy fields at Wurpash in Ganderbal last evening, the spokesman said, adding his father had been killed by the ultras in 2004.

A defence spokesman said the Army busted a militant hideout at Tral in south Kashmir's Pulwama district and seized a large cache of arms and ammunition from a room having its entry through a cupboard and the passage had been blocked by placing the Holy Quran in it.

He said troops of 50 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) busted the hideout at Naristan in Tral area.

Giving details, the spokesman said troops noticed a cupboard in the bedroom of the house and as they tried to search it, the residents hampered the operation by stating that the almirah contained only the Holy Quran, which could not be removed.

However, the troops got suspicious due to the actions of the occupants and decided to call the village nambardar (head), he said.

The spokesman said the problem was explained to the village head who after paying obeisance, shifted the holy book.

On seeing this, a woman member in the house managed to escape through the back door, he added.

The spokesman said as the troops commenced the search of the cupboard and on breaking open its back, found a passage leading to a hideout under the bathroom from where four AK magazines, 120 rounds of ammunition, four 52-MM mortar bombs, two UBGL grenades, eight hand grenades, one ruck-sack, two blankets and two Arabic coins were seized, he added.

''The manner in which the Holy Quran was kept by the residents of a house to block the entry of the militant hideout is intriguing.

The incident shows that the militants are not averse to using the holy book to further their evil designs,'' the spokesman said.

''It is high time that the religious leaders and the people come out in protest against such activities which bring disrespect to the religion,'' he added.

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