Baramulla: A top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander was killed while a soldier sustained injuries Wednesday in a fierce encounter in Handwara tehsil of the neighbouring Kupwara district, police said.
The Special Operations Group (SOG) of police, army’s 21 RR and CRPF laid a cordon around Shah Mohalla locality of Hamlapati village of Handwara after receiving information about the presence of a group of militants in the locality, the police officials told Kashmir Reader.
“When the joint team started advances, the militants hiding in the area opened indiscriminate fire to break the cordon. The search team returned the fire, triggering fierce encounter. In the ensuing encounter, LeT’s Divisional Commander Abu Musa was killed. He was operating in Handwara, Rajwar and Ramhall belt since 2012. One AK rifle with two magazines was recovered from the encounter site,” the police said.
The slain militant, police added, was in involved in the killing of a policeman at Hangalpora area of Vilgam on July 13 last year and an attack on an army convoy at Drugmulla last year.
The police said that a soldier also sustained gunshot wounds in the gun-battle that continued for some hours. The injured soldier identified as Lance Naik Chinna Bassapa Pojari was removed to the sub-district hospital Handwara. However, the doctors there referred him to army’s Badami Bagh hospital for specialized treatment.
Meanwhile, sources told Kashmir Reader that two more militants were holed up in the area and were giving tough resistance to the forces. One of the militants managed to give slip to the forces after sustaining injuries in the encounter.
“Additional reinforcements have been rushed to the area to assist the search team. The village has been cornered from all sides to prevent militants from fleeing,” the sources added.