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26/11 mastermind’s nephew among 6 terrorists killed in encounter

SRINAGAR: In a major jolt to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Kashmir, six top commanders of the militant outfit, including Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zaik-ur-Rehman Lakhvi‘s nephew, were gunned down by security forces in an Encounter at Chander gir in Bandipora district on Saturday evening.

An Indian Air Force (IAF) commando died, while another soldier and a civilian were injured in the encounter, director general of police S P Vaid told TOI.

Police swung into action after getting a whiff of the meeting of these top LeT commanders on Saturday evening at a particular place in Chander gir. A joint team of the army, SOG and CRPF cordoned off the area. When the joint team began its combing operation, the militants opened fire triggering an encounter, Vaid said.

Lakhvi’s nephew Owaid, Alias Usama Jangi, was present for the meeting, Vaid said. Mehmood Bhai, the divisional commander of Lashkar who was recently injured in a shootout in north Kashmir, also had come over for the meeting, he added.

“The encounter which ended now, in which total of 6 LeT militants were eliminated. Weapons and ammunition recovered. One of the terrorists named Owaid Alias Usama Jangi was the son of Zakir Rehman Maki and nephew of Zakir Rehman Lakhvi (mastermind of Mumbai terror attacks),” Vaid tweeted.

The DGP, in another tweet, said that LeT commanders Zargam Bhai and Mehmood Bhai were also killed in the operation, adding that all the six militants were Pakistani nationals.

According to Vaid, the slain terrorists were active since the past several years across the Kashmir valley. He said the killing of the six top-brass terrorists was a major setback for LeT outfit.

Incidentally, on November 7, security forces had killed JeM chief Masood Azhar’s nephew Talha Rasheed and two other militants in a gunfight in Aglar village of Pulwama district of the south of Kashmir.

A defence spokesman said two soldiers, including an IAF Guard Commando, suffered injuries in the encounter and were hospitalised. The IAF personnel, however, succumbed to injuries, he added.

The security forces recovered large quantities of arms and ammunition from the site of the encounter, the spokesman said.

During the encounter, clashes erupted between locals and government forces in the area. A civilian received a bullet wound on his leg and was hospitalised.

Internet services in Bandipora district were suspended as a precautionary measure, an official said.

Source : timesofindia



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