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Lashkar terrorist killed, 6 arrested in J&K

Police and troops apprehend one terrorist and seized six hand grenades and a radio set from his possession.
None | By Press Trust of India, Srinagar
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2006 02:33 PM IST

With the killing of a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist and arrest of six others, Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday claimed to have busted a terrorist network allegedly supported by a ruling People's Democratic Party leader in Kupwara district.

In a joint operation, police and troops of Rashtriya Rifles apprehended one Akhter Hussain Khan from Bumhama area of Kupwara district and seized six hand grenades and a radio set from his possession on Sunday, an official spokesman said.

On the information provided by Khan, an operation was launched to nab six terrorists who were travelling in a vehicle belonging to a PDP leader, he said.

Sources said the vehicle belonged to zonal President of PDP Ghulam Hassan Rather.

"On being intercepted, one of the terrorists, Mohammad Ashraf Lone opened fire on security forces," the spokesman said, adding Lone was killed in retaliatory firing on Sunday.

A pistol, two magazines and 14 rounds were seized from him. Five other Lashkar terrorists- identified as Ulfat Hussain Shiekh, Imtiyaz Ahmad Hajam, Shiekhul Islam, Waqar Ahmad Mir and Javed Ahmad Dar - were arrested and eight grenades, one radio set, one pistol, one magazine and 16 pistol rounds were seized from them.

The spokesman said the six were waiting for Khan at Sopore to carry out an attack at some place.

Although the police accused the PDP leader of being a terrorist sympathiser, who had provided "all kinds of" assistance to the outfit, no action has been taken against him. The PDP leader, however, said the youth killed by the security forces was a special police officer provided to him as a personal security officer by police department.

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