Two Lashker guerrillas killed in Kashmir
1 January 2007
Indo-Asian News Service
Srinagar: Two top leaders of the Lashker-e-Taiba were killed early Monday in Jammu and Kashmir's Sopore town when security forces bombarded their hideout with mortar fire.The incident led to tension in the valley's apple rich town, 54 km from here, with Eid festivities coming under a shadow.According to police, Rashtriya Rifles (RR) troops and special operations group (SOG) cordoned off the Muslim Peer locality and began house-to-house searches Sunday evening.'The search operation was launched on specific information. The security forces came under heavy fire from two militants hiding in a house,' the spokesperson said.The house was surrounded by the security forces who engaged the militants in a heavy exchange of fire. 'The troops used mortar rounds to blast the hideout,' said a police official.He said security forces killed the militants, said to be involved in many killings in north Kashmir. 'Two houses were destroyed during the encounter.'