February 2002 News

LeT hitman Shaheen among 5 ultras killed in Gool

3 February 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR: The Border Security Force (BSF), army and police today gunned down five dreaded terrorists including two Pakistanis in two operations in Gool and Mahore areas of this district. A BSF search party of 102 battalion carried out a raid at village Galdun, about nine kms west of Gool town in the early hours of this morning after developing an information that five to six terrorists had taken shelter in a house. As the security personnel were advancing towards the hideout, they were fired upon by the hiding terrorists. The BSF jawans retaliated. By 1045 hours today, the jawans succeeded in eliminating three dreaded terrorists while two to three others managed to escape towards a forest area and remained untraced. The BSF jawans, who didnít suffer any casualties in the operation, have surrounded the forest area and were hunting the fleeing terrorists. Sources identified the slain terrorists as Farooq Ahmed, a resident of Chakras, Mahore, Mohd Irfan of Doda and Shaheen of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). Two AK-56 rifles, one pistol, two magazines and two grenades were recovered from the possession of slain ultras, they said. All slain terrorists were affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit. A letter head of the outfit was also found in the possession of Shaheen. Police said Shaheen was a hitman of LeT outfit and was instrumental in a series of subversive activities in Gool and Mahore areas. He was involved in several attacks on the security personnel besides laying the booby traps. Shaheenís killing was a big blow to Lashkar, they said. According to police, the terrorists were holding a strategy session in the house when it was stormed by the security personnel. The ultras were most probably planning to carry out a massacre of the minorities tonight, they said. Meanwhile, another terrorist was eliminated by army and Special Task Force (STF) in a joint operation at village Chakras under the jurisdiction of Mahore police station this afternoon. Two other terrorists escaped during the exchange of firing that lasted about one and a half hour. Slain ultra was identified as Shahnawaz Khan, a Pakistani national affiliated with Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) outfit. One AK-47 rifle, two magazines and three hand grenades were recovered from the scene of encounter. Yet another unidentified ultra was eliminated by the security personnel in Seeldar area of Mahore this evening. One AK-47 rifle with 96 rounds, four UBGL grenades and one hand grenade were recovered from the terrorist, who was a Hizbul Mujahideen activist.


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