Two Civilians, LeT Comdr Among 6 Killed
14 September 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Militants gunned down two civilians in remote Dalwa area of Gool while as security forces eliminated four Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants including outfit's district commander on the intervening night of September 13 and 14 in Kishtwar district. The security forces also averted a major tragedy by timely affecting recovery of 40 kilograms of RDX from a hide-out of the militants in Doda district. An official spokesman said that some militants barged into a house of relatives of a surrendered militant in Dalwa area of Gool when the family members were about to sleep. The militants separated the females from the males and then shot dead Ghulam Nabi (30), son of Jamal Din and Mohd Iqbal (28), son of Abdul Rashid. Soon after killing two civilians, the militants escaped from the spot. Later, the matter was brought to the notice of security forces which launched search operation in the area but could not track down the militants involved in the killing of relatives of a surrendered militant. Meanwhile, in a major set-back to the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) network in the Kishtwar district, the security forces gunned down four militants of the outfit including its district commander on the intervening night of September 13 and 14. A defence spokesman said that 63 Rashtriya Rifles (Bihar) under the aegis of 9 Sector RR of Delta Force received a specific information about the possible movement of a group of four to five militants in the Trinnar Nala area of Kishtwar. Prior to the movement of the militants, the troops cordoned of the area and took positions. When a group of four terrorists started passing through the area, the troops stealthily followed them and closed in to prevent their escape. The terrorists were unaware of being tracked by the patrol party and decided to halt for sometime to take rest, the spokesman said, adding two of the terrorists went to the nearby nala while the other two were on sentry duty. The patrol party further closed in with them and challenged the two sentries, who immediately opened fire at the patrol. The terrorists, who were going towards the nala lobbed grenades and tried to escape under the cover of darkness. However, the alert troops foiled their attempt. The exchange of fire between the troops and militants continued for about half an hour and in the fierce fight all the four terrorists were killed. One AK-56 rifle, one .303 rifle, five Chinese hand grenades, one radio set and assorted ammunition were also recovered from the area. In the morning, the search operation was resumed to bust any hideout established by the slain militants in the Trinnar Nala area but no such place was detected. The slain terrorists have been identified as district commander of LeT Lal Din Gujjar, Umar Din, Kasih and Ghulam Qadir. All were active in the Kishtwar and Doda districts for the past quite longtime and had executed killings of several civilians besides grenade attacks on the security forces, the spokesman said. Lal Din, a most wanted militant was assigned the job to lure the innocent youth to join militancy, he further said, adding with his killing the LeT outfit's network in Kishtwar district received a major set-back. Meanwhile, on a specific information developed through reliable sources regarding hideout of militants in Theoda Choti area under the jurisdiction of Doda Police Station, a joint search operation was launched by Police and 10 Rashtriya Rifles. During search, a hide-out was busted and 40 kilograms of RDX alongwith 10 litres of kerosene oil was recoverd. 'Had the RDX not been detected the terrorists could have used the same to cause destruction in the Doda district', an official spokesman said.