LeT Militant Killed in Encounter After Search Operation in J&K's Anantnag, Says Army

For Representation.  (Image: News18/Qayoom Khan)

For Representation. (Image: News18/Qayoom Khan)

An army official said the search operation turned into a gunfight after the militants fired upon the search team, drawing retaliation. In the exchange of fire, one militant was killed.

A foreign Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist, who was an IED expert, was killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said. Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Larnoo area of Anantnag district, in south Kashmir, this morning following inputs about the presence of militants there, a police official said.

The official said that after the presence of the militant was ascertained, he was given an opportunity to surrender, but he fired indiscriminately on the search party, leading to an encounter. In the gun-battle, the foreign militant was killed and his body retrieved from the site of the encounter, the official said. He said the slain militant has been identified as Nasir alias Shakeel Saab alias Shak Bhai an A-category militant and an IED expert affiliated with proscribed LeT outfit. Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of the encounter, the official said, adding these items have been taken into the case records for further investigation and to probe his complicity in other terror crimes.

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