Srinagar, Apr 09: A Lashkar-e-Toiba commander was killed in a gunfight in Sirhama area of Bijbehara hamlet in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, police said Saturday. In the Kulgam encounter, two soldiers were injured while as militants managed to flee from the site of the gunfight.
A police official told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) acting on specific information generated by Police regarding presence of terrorist in village Sirhama, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police and 3rdRR in the said area.
“As the search party proceeded towards the suspected spot, hiding militant fired indiscriminately upon the search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” he said, adding that “in the ensuing encounter, the hiding militant identified as LeT commander Nisar Ahmad Dar alias Musaib son of Gh Hassan Dar resident of Redwani Bala, Kulgam.”
Police said that slain was a categorized militant and active since April 04, 2021 and was involved in several killing of civilians and non-local labourers besides, he was also involved in grenade lobbing attacks on security forces.
IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar appreciated the joint team and termed the killing of Nisar Dar, a big success as he was wanted by law. “Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition have been recovered from the site of the encounter. Police have registered a case under relevant sections of law regarding the encounter and further investigation is in progress.”
Meanwhile, militants managed to give slip to forces after a brief exchange of fire in Chaki Samad area of DH Pora of Kulgam district.
An official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that a joint team of Police, Army and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in the area on Saturday morning.
He said that as the joint team of forces approached the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, which retaliated, triggering a gunfight.
He added that during the initial exchange of fire two soldiers namely Rohit Yadav and Ankesh Kumar were injured and were shifted to hospital for treatment. However, after the initial exchange of fire, no contact was established with the militants.
He added that cordon layers were tightened after initial exchange of fire, however, nothing has been found following which operation has been called off—(KNO)