3 Pak militants killed in Kashmir
In the fourth encounter in Kashmir over the past week, three Lashkar-e-Tayyeba terrorists were killed by the police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Monday.india Updated: Sep 28, 2009 23:35 IST
In the fourth encounter in Kashmir over the past week, three Lashkar-e-Tayyeba terrorists were killed by the police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Monday. Two of the terrorists killed were fidayeens planning suicide attacks in Srinagar, the police said. A fidayeen is ‘one who is ready to sacrifice his life for the cause’ in Arabic.
A woman was also killed in the crossfire in the Tral area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Acting on information received by the local police about the presence of three Lashkar terrorists, the state police and CRPF launched a joint operation in a village in Tral, 50 km south of Srinagar.
The police and paramilitary forces surrounded the area where the three Pakistani terrorists were hiding with the help of some over-ground operatives.
“As soon as the cordon was laid, the terrorists opened indiscriminate firing on the forces due to which two security personnel were also injured,” a police spokesperson said.
The local woman caught in the crossfire also received injuries when the terrorists fired on the security forces and died later.
The local police and CRPF men evacuated the local people to a safer place before starting the retaliatory fire, during which the three terrorists were killed, the spokesperson said.
The terrorists have been identified as Abu Dujana, Abu Zahid alias Abu Shahid and Mehrajuddin alias Zaffar Siddique, all residents of Pakistan.
Monday’s gun battle took place three days after a divisional commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen and a deputy commander of the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba were killed in an encounter with security forces in South Kashmir on Thursday.
There has been a spurt in terrorist activity in the state over the past two months. This includes increased attempts by terrorists to infiltrate into India along the Line of Control with Pakistan.