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Hours after blasts, 3 LeT men gunned down

While one terrorist was shot dead in a police encounter in Lucknow, two others were killed in Delhi.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 10:08 IST

Hours after the blasts in Varanasi, a suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist was shot dead in an encounter with the police in Gosaiganj area on the outskirts of the city early on Wednesday morning.

Police identified the terrorist as Salar alias Doctor and did not rule out his involvement in Tuesday's blasts at the Sankat Mochan Temple and Cantonment Railway Station in Varanasi, which claimed at least 28 lives.

RDX and some detonators were from his possession after the encounter with the Special Task Force (STF), police sources said.

Sources said that Salar was on his way to Lucknow when he was shot dead by the STF in an encounter.

Salar, a Pakistani, was involved in the conspiracy to carry out a suicide attack at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun, which was foiled by the timely tip off by central security agencies.

Police were on the lookout for him for quite some time, the sources said adding he was also involved in the Republic Day terrorist attack in Jaipur.

LeT terrorists shot dead in Delhi

Earlier, in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, two other suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were killed in an encounter in Northwest Delhi, police said.

One of the terrorists has been identified as Ghulam Yazdani, who was linked to several recent terror attacks, Joint Commissioner (Special Cell) Karnal Singh said.

The terrorists were gunned down in Bawana area by a team of Special Cell sleuths in an encounter at around 5.45 am.

Some arms and a vehicle have been recovered from them, Singh said.

While one of the terrorists was a Bangladeshi national the other was an Indian, police said.

The duo were involved in carrying out a suicide attack at the STF headquarters of Hyderabad police in October last year, they said.

First Published: Mar 08, 2006 09:30 IST