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    3 LeT militants killed in Anantnag encounter

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    3 LeT militants killed in Anantnag encounter

    Srinagar, Dec 9 (PTI) Three Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants were killed in a 36-hour gunbattle with security forces in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district in which ended today.

    A civilian was also killed by stray bullet yesterday during law and order problem.

    “Three holed up terrorists eliminated; bodies of two terrorists & three weapons recovered,” Army's Northern Command said in a tweet.

    Army officials at Srinagar-based 15 Corps Headquarters, however, refused to comment on the operation.

    A police official said two bodies were recovered from the debris of the house where the ultras were hiding.

    The slain militants were both locals and identified as Majid Mohiuddin Zargar of Qoimoh in neighbouring Kulgam district and Ruhul Amin Dar of Vessu in Anantnag district.

    “The bodies have been handed over to their kin for last rites,” he said.

    He said one of the bodies was severely burnt.

    One army jawan was injured in the gunfight that began in the early hours yesterday.

    The security forces had cordoned off the area on Wednesday evening following information about presence of Lashkar-e-Toiba militants there.

    A 24-year-old man was killed allegedly after being hit by a “stray bullet” near the site of encounter.

    Arif Shah, a resident of Sangam area of Anantnag district, was hit by the “stray bullet” when security forces were dealing with a group which was indulging in stone-pelting near the encounter site, the official said.

    However, locals alleged that Shah was killed in security forces action against protesters.

    They also claimed that several other persons were injured in the clashes between protesters and security forces. Meanwhile, Special Director General of Police, Coordination, Law and Order, S P Vaid termed the killing of Lashkar militants as a “major success” saying it had broken the backbone of the outfit.

    “Both the killed militants were district commanders of Lashkar and with their killing, the backbone of Lashkar has been broken,” Vaid said.

    “It is a major success for the security forces,” he said. A police spokesman, giving details of the operation, said policemen received a specific information about the presence of militants in the house of one Mushtaq Ahmad Ganie at Hassanpora in Arwani on December 7.

    “As per the information, Mushtaq Ahmad Ganie works as an over ground worker (OGW) of terrorists of LeT outfit and not only harboured terrorists in his house, but also provides all sort of logistical support to them,” the spokesman said.

    Based on this input, an operation was launched by a joint team of police, army and CRPF, he said.

    “The house was cordoned off and when the security forces party entered into the house for searching, terrorist fired on them. The fire was retaliated and the ensuing gun battle lasted for almost two days.

    “The operation concluded today when a joint team of police and CRPF quick action team (QAT) stormed the house and cleared it. The cover fire to the storming team was given by army troops,” the spokesman added.

    In the search operation, two bodies of the militants and three AK-rifles along with other incriminating material has been recovered so far, he said.

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