Lashkar Top Commander Killed In Kashmir Gunfight
15 January 2008
Srinagar: A top commander of Pakistan based militant group, Lashkar-eToiba was killed in a fierce gunfight with Indian army and police personnel in North Kashmir, Tuesday morning. Giving details, a top police officer told NewsBlaze that acting on a specific information regarding the presence of militants at Ajas Bandipora in North Kashmir, police and army personnel laid siege around it. He said that after covering all possible escape routes, the soldiers zeroed-in on a residential house, where the militants were hiding. The militants present inside the house were asked to surrender. The militant, however, turned down the offer and fired at the soldiers. The fire was returned by the troops and in the ensuing gunfight, which lasted for nearly four hours, a top commander of Lashkar was killed. The officer identified the slain militant commander as Abu Kital alias Abu Hamza of Pakistan. 'One AK rifle, one Magazine and 25 round of ammunition were also recovered from the site of the encounter', he said. Fayaz Wani reports on life in Srinagar, Kashmir.