Top LeT Militant Killed In Encounter In North Kashmir

Top LeT Militant Killed In Encounter In North Kashmir

3 August 2012
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Srinagar: The police on Friday claimed to have killed a top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant Abu Hanzallah in an encounter in north Kashmir's Kupwara district. 'LeT militant Abu Hanzallah was killed in an encounter with Handwara police, army and the CRPF in Dudipora, Handwara,' a police spokesman said. The police said that slain commander, the Pakistani national who carried a reward of Rs.10 lakh on his head, was active in north Kashmir for past four years. 'Hanzallah was operating in north Kashmir since 2007. He was one of the most wanted militants and an IED expert and was involved in facilitating infiltration of militants and distribution of weapons,' the spokesman said. 'The death of Abu Hanzallah is a severe jolt to the activities of LeT outfit and will strongly affect the resolve of its cadre base. His killing is a major success for the police and other security forces,' the spokesman claimed. The operation in which Hanzallah was killed was launched on Thursday afternoon. It was stopped during the night but the cordon was maintained and reinforcements were rushed to the area to prevent the militant from escaping. The militant was killed in the wee hours of Friday. Police recovered his charred body, a weapon and two magazines from the encounter site. Abu Hanzallah had taken over the reins of LeT in north Kashmir in September 2011 after Abdullah Unni, a top LeT commander, was killed in a gun battle in Sopore in north Kashmir.