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Top Lashker commander among 6 killed, 4 LeT ultras arrested

Written by: Staff

Srinagar, Mar 27: Two self-styled commanders of Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT), three other militants and a counter-insurgent were killed and a sarpanch injured in the Kashmir valley overnight (mar 27, 2006).

Security forces arrested four LeT militants in north Kashmir during the last 24 hours.

A defence spokesman said two militants were killed in an encounter at Baban forest in the frontier district of Kupwara early this morning during a search operation.

In another incident, acting on a tip off, security forces cordoned off village Sheikhnar Sogam in north Kashmir last night to nab militants hiding in the area.

However, when the security forces were searching the village, militants attacked them with automatic weapons. The fire was returned and in the ensuing gunbattle, one militant was killed. One AK rifle and arms and ammunition were seized from the slain militants.

The slain militants were identified as Saad Rafiq alias captain batallion commander of LeT and Hatha Khan of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM).

However, a spokesman for Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed four security personnel were killed or wounded in the encounter.

In another encounter at Kupwara, security forces killed a militant. Two security personnel were also injured in the shootout, the sources said.

Militants shot at and wounded a sarpanch, Abdul Ahad, at Qazigund in south Kashmir last night. He has been admitted to a hospital.

A report from Baramulla said militants shot dead a counter insurgent, Rafiq Ahmad Khan, at Nadihal in north Kashmir today.

A top commander of LeT was killed by security forces in an encounter at Sarkanth late last night. The encounter ensued after a search party was attacked by the militants, the sources said.

Security Forces and Jammu and Kashmir police Task Force in a joint operation arrested four militants Manzoor Ahmad Raina, Shamim Ahmad Khan, Fayaz Ahmad Khan and Gulzar Ahmad Dar of the LeT, the spokeman added.


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