LeT Commander Among Four Killed In J&K
14 September 2006
The Times of India
Srinagar: Four persons, including a self styled commander Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba and a special police officer were killed and six others injured in separate incidents, while two militants of Hizbul Mujahideen were arrested and two hideouts busted in Jammu and Kashmir. Acting on a tip off, police assisted by security forces laid a cordon at lower Punara in Udhampur district on Thursday to flush out hiding militants, a police spokesman said. He said militants hiding in the house of SPO Safdar Ali fired upon the search parties and in the ensuing gunfight, a militant identified as Mohammad Aijaz was killed. SPO Noor Alam and a village defence committee member Mohammad Abbas were also killed and three police men - head constable Sulinder singh and constables Shabir Ahmad and Uttam Kumar - were injured during the encounter, the spokesman said. Earlier, the body of the SPO was mistaken as that of the militant, officials said, adding the operation was continuing in the area when last reports came in. Police recovered body of a photographer whose head had been chopped off by militants in Pampore area of Pulwama district on Thursday, the spokesman said. The head of photographer Shabir Ahmad Dar was recovered from saffron fields in Chandhara area of Pampore on Thursday morning, he said, adding after hectic search the torso was recovered from Kruenchh village, more than a kilometre away. Dar, a resident of Hathiwara village in Pampore, was abducted by militants on Wednesday night and later beheaded; he said adding local residents staged a demonstration against ultras. They also raised slogans against Pakistan and demanded an end to terrorism in the state, the spokesman said.