Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, including commander Bashir Lashkari were gunned down by the security forces in Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Saturday. Bashir Lashkari was behind the killing of six policemen on June 16.
Two civilians, 44-year-old Tahira and 21-year-old Shadab Ahmad Chopan, were also killed during the operation in Brenti-Batpora village in Dialgam area of the district, the police said. Four other persons were admitted to hospitals here with firearm injuries sustained near the encounter site.
A search operation in the area turned into an encounter after the militants opened fire on security forces. A police spokesperson said the militants used 17 civilians as human shields. But the forces managed to rescue them before launching a final assault against the militants. Security forces had launched a cordon-and-search operation in Brenti-Batpora in Anantnag early on Saturday after they received information about the presence of militants, including Lashkari.
“The encounter is over. Two militants have been killed,” Director General of Police SP Vaid told PTI.
Civilan, Vaid said the slain militants had been identified as Bashir Lashkari and Azad Dada, both affiliated with the LeT.
Tahira, the police said, had died in the crossfire when the security forces were firing at the militants holed up inside a house. Chopan was allegedly killed near the encounter site.
According to the police, Lashkari and his group were involved in the brutal killing of SHO Feroz Ahmad Dar and five other policemen in Achabal area of south Kashmir on June 16. , a police official said.
(With inputs from PTI)