In a major success for the security forces, top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Bakr was killed in an encounter between security forces and terrorists.
The encounter started at the Bomai village of Sopore located in the state’s Baramulla district, on December 14 morning. According to reports, the area was cordoned off and search operation was conducted.
The terrorists were hiding in a building. The security forces blasted the building where he was hiding and firing from.
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After getting close to the house, they received firing from the other side. Abu Bakr was killed in retaliatory firing by security forces, bringing the encounter to an end.
Meanwhile, in another counter-insurgency operation, a terrorist was killed with security forces in Anantnag district, police said. Militants opened fire on a patrol party of army at Beewra in Srigufwara area of Anantnag district this morning, a police official said. One militant, identified as Basit Ahmad Dar, was killed in the encounter. Dar had recently joined Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit.
Earlier, three Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were killed in an encounter in Arwani area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag in a heavy gunfire on December 8.
On July 8, security forces killed Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Kokernag, which triggered unrest in the Valley, which has left as many as 86 people dead.
Jammu & Kashmir police has claimed that the law and order situation is improving in the Valley, but militancy remains the biggest challenge, given the recent rise in local recruits in militant ranks and surge in infiltration attempts.