LeT Militants Planning Yatra Hit Shot
13 June 2006
The Indian Express
Srinagar: A day after unidentified militants gunned down nine labourers in South Kashmir, security forces today claimed to have killed two top militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba in the same district. The militants, Army and police claimed were planning to carry out a suicide attack on Amarnath Yatra. Following a tip-off, a joint party of Rashtriya Rifles and police cordoned Gousia colony locality in Pampore township on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway. As the troops were moving close to a house where the militants were hiding, two militants jumped out from the house and took refuge inside a paddy field. However, the troops encircled the field resulting an encounter that lasted for two hours. The encounter ended with the killing of both the militants. An army personnel was also injured in the attack. The slain militants have been identified as Saquib and Ameer both from Pakistan and associated with Lashkar-e-Toiba. 'Our troops gunned down two top militants in a successful operation,' said Commanding Officer of the 50 Rashtriya Rifles who was monitoring the operation. 'One among the slain militants was a top Lashkar commander,' he said, adding 'The militants were planning to carry out a suicide attack on the Amarnath Yatra.' Meanwhile, Army today claimed to have foiled another infiltration bid on the Line of Control at Uri. The militants, the Army said, were trying to cross the LoC under the darkness. However, they were intercepted by the troops and killed. The identity of the slain militants is yet to be ascertained.