NEW DELHI: Two terrorists, including a top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist, were killed after an hours-long standoff with security forces in Dailgam village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, security forces launched cordon and search operations in the Brenti-Batpora area, acting on intelligence on the presence of terrorists in the area.
Police sources said after receiving specific information regarding presence of terrorists, including top LeT leader Bashir Lashkari in Dailgam, security forces laid a cordon in the wee hours. While the cordon was being laid, some terrorists believed to be hiding in a house opened fire on the security personnel, who also retaliated in kind.
On June 16, SHO Feroz Ahmed and five other policemen were killed on the outskirts of Anantnag district. Lashkari is believed to have been involved in the killing of the six policemen and was reportedly one of the ultras trapped in the security forces cordon on Saturday.
A counter-operation was immediately commenced to flush out the holed up terrorists. Police said the terrorists were using human shields at the encounter site. IGP Kashmir Munir Khan said 17 civilians have been rescued from the encounter site. The house the terrorists were hiding in was damaged in heavy blasts, and Lashkari and his fellow operative Azad Dada were killed. Both were local Kashmiri boys.
“The encounter is over. Two terrorists have been killed. Bashir Lashkari was involved in martyring of 6 policemen, I congratulate police and security forces for carrying out the encounter,” Director General of Police S P Vaid said.
Two civilians – Tahira and Shadab Chopan – also lost their lives in the crossfiring. 44-year-old Tahira was rushed to the district hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries, officials said. Chopan, 21, was allegedly killed in security forces’ action against protesters near the encounter site. Four other persons were admitted to hospitals with firearm injuries sustained near the scene of the counter-operation.