New Delhi: A top commander of the banned outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and another terrorist were killed during an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district. The counter-terrorism operation is still going on as three more terrorists are trapped in the security cordon.
Kashmir Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said the terrorist killed in the Baramulla encounter has been identified as Yusuf Kantro, a top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander, who was on the hit list of the security forces. Kumar said Kantru was involved in the killings of several civilians and security forces personnel, including the recent killing of an SPO and his brother, a soldier and a civilian, in Budgam district.
Officials said that after receiving information from the Budgam police, the operation was launched in the village bordering Budgam and Baramulla last night. The Budgam Police and the local army unit launched an anti-militancy operation and intermittent firing continued through the night.
Three soldiers and a civilian suffered minor injuries in the initial exchange of firing.
Meanwhile, the central government has declared at least seven people as terrorists in the last fortnight. These include Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, Jaish commander Ashiq Ahmed Nengru, Ali Kashif Jan, Mohiuddin Aurangzeb Alamgir, Hafiz Talha Saeed, Sajjad Gul and Al Badr member Arjumand Gulzar Dar.
first published:April 21, 2022, 1:26 pm