Baramulla: Two Pakistani militants were killed Sunday in an encounter with government forces in Sopore area of this north Kashmir, officials said.
The militants were killed in Saidpura village near Sopore after a joint operation was launched by Rashtriya Rifles unit of army and the SOG of police, a police spokesman said.
He said two AK-47 rifles, a pistol, two UBGL and six UBGL rounds were recovered from the possession of the slain militants.
Police identified the slain militants as Kari Assadulah, Divisional Commander of Lashker-e-Toiba and Mohammad Ramzan of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).
Local residents said that dozens of apple trees were damaged as the soldiers hit them with their vehicles.
Police said, “Assadullah was instrumental in recruiting cadres of Jaish into his group,” the spokesman said. “He was active in Kupwara district earlier and had moved to Sopore area last month and was planning to reactivate LeT base in Sopore.”
“Ramzan was earlier affiliated with Jaish and was a part of the 20-strong JeM group in north Kashmir which had infiltrated in 2013. A large part of that group migrated to south Kashmir and many were killed. He was one of the two remaining JeM militants of that group in north Kashmir who had now got inducted into LeT,” the spokesman added.
With the killing of the two militants, the number of insurgents killed in the Valley in past one week has reached eight. One LeT militant was killed on Wednesday in Sopore area while five more militants were shot dead during a gun battle in Shopian on Thursday.
Also, a LeT militant Abu Muaviya was arrested from a sarpanch’s house in Sopore area on Friday.