SRINAGAR: A Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist from Pakistan was killed in an anti-terror operation in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Tuesday morning. Later in the day, a policeman and a civilian were injured when terrorists opened fire at a police party in Srinagar’s Sheeraz Khanyar area. Both were shifted to a hospital, said a senior police officer.
The encounter came three days after two Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists, including Lamboo — a Pakistani commander of the outfit and a key conspirator in the 2019 fidayeen attack in Pulwama’s Lethpora that left 40 CRPF troopers dead — were slain in an anti-terror operation in Pulwama’s Dachigam area.
Based on intelligence inputs about a terrorist hideout in Bandipora’s Chandaji area, a joint team of the Army’s 26 Assam Rifles, CRPF and J&K Police launched a cordon-and-search operation there early Tuesday. On seeing the security forces approach, the holed-in terrorist opened fire, triggering an encounter, IGP (Kashmir range) Vijay Kumar said.
“A foreign LeT terrorist, Babar Ali — who had managed to escape from the Shokbaba operation on July 24 in which three terrorists were slain — was shot dead in the encounter in Chandaji forest,” the IGP confirmed. Ali was a native of Ugada district in Pakistan’s Punjab province, police said.
Arms and ammunition, including an AK rifle, two AK magazines, 40 AK rounds; and one pouch, medicine bag and wireless set each were recovered from the spot of the gunfight.