In last six days this year, eight militants were killed in three different encounters in Kashmir.
Early Saturday two LeT militants including a Group commander were killed in an encounter with police and armed forces in North Kashmir’s restive Sopore area, police said.
“On a tip off, police along with 22 RR and 177 BN CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in village Saidpora, Sopore. The militants fired upon the joint search party, triggering an encounter in which two militants were killed,” a police statement said.
The slain militants were identified as foreign militants Assadullah and Mohammad Ramzan of LeT outfit, the statement infromed.
According to police, Asadullah infiltrated last year and was a Group commander of LeT. “He was instrumental to rope in cadres of Jaish into his group. He was active in Kupwara district earlier and had moved to Sopore area last month and was planning to reactivate LeT base in Sopore.”
It added that Ramazan 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 statement further said.
“2 AK rifles, 2 Magazines, AK rounds 140, 2 i.com sets, 03 GPS’s, 02 compass and a Matrix was recovered from the killed militants.”
Pertinently, one militant was killed on Januray 13 in Chankhan area of Sopore and a day after five guerrillas were killed in another encounter in Kellar forests of Shopian district.