LeT commander among two militants killed in Handwara: IGP Kashmir

LeT commander among two militants killed in Handwara

HANDWARA — A Lashkar-e-Taiba commander was among two militants killed in a brief encounter at Ganapora, Kralgund area of Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

Officials said that two militants including a Lashkar commander Naseer-u-Din Lone were killed in a brief exchange of fire.

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He said that a combined search operation was earlier launched in the area after specific inputs about the presence of militants in the area.

Defence spokesman in Srinagar, Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that the joint operation was launched today late evening in the orchards of Ganapora. “Cordon was laid and contact established. Firefight ensued. Two militants were killed in the gunfight, joint operation in progress,” Colonel Kalia said.

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Inspector General of Police Kashmir, Vijay Kumar tweeted, “Handwara encounter update: LeT commander Naseer-u-Din Lone, who was involved in the killing of three CRPF jawans at Sopore on May 4 this year, got killed.”

This was the second encounter in the day. Earlier, one unidentified militant was killed in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

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