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LeT commander killed in Kashmir encounter

Peerzada Ashiq Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, July 09, 2014
First Published: 17:49 IST(9/7/2014) | Last Updated: 09:16 IST(10/7/2014)

A divisional commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba was killed, while one army soldier injured in the gunbattle between security forces and militants in north Kashmir's Handwara area on Wednesday.

The encounter started on Wednesday afternoon when security forces cordoned off Hamlapati village's Shah Mohallah in Handwara, 60 north of Srinagar.

"The hiding militants fired upon the search party, triggering an encounter," said a Srinagar-based police zonal headquarters spokesman.

He said in the exchange of fire a LeT divisional commander, Abu Musa, was killed. "The security forces had specific information regarding the presence of terrorists in village Hamlapati," said the police spokesman.

The slain militant was operating in Handwara, Rajwara and Ramhall belt since 2012. "Musa was involved in the killing of a police head constable at Hangalpora area of Vilgam on 13 July, 2013," said the spokesman.

He is believed to be behind the attack on Army convoy at Dragmulla on November 16 last year.

"One AK rifle with two magazines were recovered from the encounter site," said the spokesman.

Meanwhile, Srinagar-based spokesman confirmed that a soldier was also injured in the encounter. "One jawan sustained gunshot wound and was evacuated to Army Base Hospital. His condition is stable. Till last reports, the operation was still in progress," said the army spokesman.

Earlier, there were reports of presence of more than one militant at the encounter site.

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