SRINAGAR: Lashkar-e-Toiba on Tuesday said militants avenged the death of Shaista Hamid and Danish Farooq—the two students killed by government forces at Pulwama after an encounter—by killing the army’s captain Pawan Kumar in Pampore gunfight.
Shaista and Danish were killed the last week when the government forces opened fire at Kakpora, Pulwama, following a gun fight in which a militant was killed while two others managed to escape.
In a statement issued to a local news agency CNS, LeT chief Mehmood Shah held Kumar responsible for the killings, and said: “Militants have paid back by avenging their deaths”.
Captain Kumar was among the trappers killed in gunfight with three militants at Sempora, Pampore. The 48 hour-long gunfight ended on Monday evening.
Shah also paid tribute to the militants and expressed gratitude to the people who protested during the gunfight.
“Due to precious sacrifices of these militants, the sun of freedom will definitely rise in Kashmir.”
“Frustration engulfed thousands of Indian troopers due to valiant show displayed by three militants in two day’s long gun battle. The parents of these faithful followers and soldiers deserve admiration and praise.”
“During the Pampore gun fight, it seemed that whole Kashmir nation was up in arms against India.”