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Pulwama: A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant from Pakistan was killed in an encounter with government forces in Pulwama district on Monday, police said.
The militant, identified as Umar, was part of the Abu Ismail group, alleged to be behind the July 10 attack on Amarnath pilgrims, a police official said.
The official said that security forces launched a cordon and search operation in village Samboora late Tuesday night following information about presence of militants there. The search party was fired upon by militants, triggering a gun battle, the official said.
One militant was killed in the encounter, he said.
As per police reports Dar Mohalla in Samboora village was cordoned off at 10 pm, Sunday night, following specific inputs regarding presence of militants.
While, the cordon was being laid in the area people came out in large numbers and clashed with government forces to disrupt the operation and give militants a chance to flee.
“Protests were quelled soon and the operation was launched full scale,” a senior police official told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the personnel of police, army and paramilitary combed the area and at 2am on Monday a brief encounter took place with one militant being killed.
He said that an AK-47 and some magazines were recovered from the body of the militant.
The body has been sent to an undisclosed location in North Kashmir for burial.
A funeral prayer in absentia was held for the slain militant at a local ground in Samboora, where hundreds of people were in attendance.
The slain Umer’s role in different militancy activities is being ascertained, the police said.
Sources in the police said at least two more militants were trapped in the encounter, who managed to flee.
“One of the militants, a local named Ayub Lone alias Lelhari, we believe has been injured while making the escape. He has been shot in his shoulder and his leg,” a top source in the police told Kashmir Reader.
He said that at least four cordon and search operations have been launched since Monday morning to try and nab the injured militant.
“CASO’s were conducted in Pahoo, Daigam and Pinglaina areas of Pulwama district,” the source said.
In Pinglaina a B.Ed college was under cordon, while this report was being filed. Clashes were also reported by local sources in the area.
A complete shutdown was Monday observed in many parts of Pulwama district, including Kakapora, Pampore and main town Pulwama agisnt the militant’s killing.
Clashes erupted in main town Pulwama where some youth pelted stones at forces vehicles, who retaliated with aerial firing to disperse the protesting youth.
Mobile internet services in many parts of Pulwama district were also snapped late last night, soon after the gunfight began. The services were restored late Monday afternoon.