Srinagar: Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Bashir Lashkari and another militant were killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Saturday. Two civilians were also killed in the exchange of fire between the security forces and the militants who were holed up in a house. At least 17 civilians were rescued.
"The encounter is over. Two militants have been killed," Director General of Police SP Vaid told PTI. Vaid said the slain militants had been identified as Bashir Lashkari and Azad Dada.
The Jammu and Kashmir police had announced a bounty of Rs 10 lakh for Bashir Lashkari after he orchestrated an attack which led to the death of seven policemen on June 17.
Lashkari, a resident of Sopshali Kokernag, was recruited by the militant outfit on October 2, 2015. Categorised as an A++ militant, Lashkari was the outfit’s commander in Anantnag district.
Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Brenti-Batpora in Anantnag after receiving information about the presence of militants, including a top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander there, a police official told PTI. He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants opened fire on security forces. A police spokesman said the militants were using civilians as human shields.