Top militant killed, another held
11 January 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Troops killed a top militant in an encounter near Handwara in Kupwara district of north Kashmir today, a defence spokesman said. Troops of 21 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), on specific information, launched a search operation in Wadarbala Forest area near Handwara this afternoon, he added. As troops were searching the area, militants opened fire on them with automatic weapons. The fire was retaliated and in the ensuing gun-battle, a top militant was killed, the spokesman said. He said a pistol, some ammunition and a radio set were seized from the possession of the slain militant. The operation was in progress when reports last came in. Security forces arrested a militant of Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and also busted a hideout in Kashmir overnight, an official spokesman said today. He said a militant of LeT was arrested by security forces at Pulwama in south Kashmir last night. A live hand grenade was also recovered from his possession. A joint search party of security forces and police busted a hideout at Mahore and recovered one AK rifle, five magazines and one pistol. However, no one was arrested. Meanwhile, Border Security Force (BSF) has apprehended a militant along with a hand grenade in south Kashmir last evening, official sources said. They said BSF personnel arrested a militant, identified as Shabir Ahmad, during routine checking at Nain village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district last evening. One hand grenade was also seized from him, the sourcs added. Meanwhile, a major tragedy was averted today as security forces detected and destroyed an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway at Sangam in Anantnag district, official sources said here. The IED, which was planted by militants on the roadside at Sangam, 45 km from here, probably to target the security forces’ convoy, was discovered by a patrol party, the sources said. A bomb disposal squad was rushed to the spot and destroyed the explosives weighing about seven kg, they added.