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Two LeT militants killed in J&K encounter

Two LeT militants killed in J&K encounter

Two militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit were gunned down on Tuesday by the security forces in an encounter in Shopian district.

Srinagar: Two militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit were gunned down on Tuesday by the security forces in an encounter in Shopian district, police said here.

Acting on a tip off, the police assisted by army launched a search operation in village Trenz, 60 kms from here, in Shopian district of south Kashmir in the wee hours of Tuesday to flush out the hiding militants, a police spokesman said.

The hiding militants opened fire on the search party and in the ensuing gun battle, two militants of the LeT outfit were killed, the spokesman said.

The slain ultras have been identified as Mudasir Ahmad Bhat, resident of Yamrach-Yaripora, and Gowhar Ahmad Ganai of Shirmaal village of Shopian.

A huge cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered from the possession of the slain militants, he said.

In the past three days, the security forces in the Kashmir Valley have killed seven militants.

Four militants, including two from LeT outfit, were killed in two separate encounters at Bhawan forest in Handwara area of Kupwara district and Kaladrung village of Kulgam district on Monday.

A militant of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) outfit was killed in another encounter in Sopore township of Baramulla district on October 31.

first published:November 02, 2010, 14:55 IST