ANANTNAG: Two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were killed in a gunfight with the army, police and CRPF on Thursday in Kakapora area of Pulwama district.
The gunfight started after the forces cordoned off Astan Mohalla, where the two militants were hiding in a house. The militant outfit’s commander for Pulwama district, Talib Ahmad Shah son of Mohammad Afzal Shah was shot dead when he tried to come out of the house during the gunfight.
Talib, who has a masters degree in Physical Education from Kashmir University, is believed to have joined the outfit in 2013. Media reports quoting his mother said that repeated harassment by government forces had forced him to pick up arms.
The second militant reportedly died when the forces blasted the house with explosives.
Locals residents told Kashmir Reader that hundreds of people from Kakapora and adjoining villages pelted the forces with stones, apparently to divert their attention from the encounter and provide moral support to the militants. But the forces fired teargas canisters and fired in air to disperse the protesters.
A protester named Lateef Ahmad of Qazigund Pulwama was injured after a teargas shell hit his abdomen. His condition is said to be stable.