Srinagar, July 1: Security forces on Saturday used explosives to blast a house in Anantnag district where four LeT militants were holed up, killing two of them including top commander Bashir Lashkari.
“Two militants have been killed whose bodies have been seen under the debris of the house that was brought down to ensure that militants did not escape,” an official said.
Jammu and Kashmir police chief S.P. Vaid on Saturday congratulated the security forces for killing top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Bashir Lashkari who was involved in the killing of six policemen, including an officer, last month.
Although an official confirmation is still awaited, one of the two slain militants is believed to be Bashir Lashkari, the top LeT commander had a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head and was responsible for killing five policemen and a Station House Officer in Achabal last month. He was from Kokernag area.
The other militant is believed to be Ajad Ahmed Malik alias Tada who belonged to Arwani village area of Anantnag district.
Earlier, a two civilians were killed in an encounter between security forces and militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
“Security forces were fired at when they launched an operation in Batpora village after a tip-off about the militants hiding in a house,” the police said in a statement here.”
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“In the cross firing, the woman was injured and later succumbed to her injuries.”
The statement said: “Some militants are still holed-up in the house. Efforts are ongoing to take out the civilians.”
“The militants are using the civilians as human shield,” it added.