Thursday, October 8, 2009

J&K: Army choppers hunt for LeT men

SRINAGAR: Security forces killed five militants in separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. 

A police officer said one militant was killed in an encounter that continued for the second day in a forested area near Khrew in south Kashmir's Pulwama district. "Four soldiers were injured in the gunbattle. The encounter was on when the reports last came in,'' he said. 

Defence spokesperson J S Brar said the encounter started early on Tuesday when security forces, on a tip off, laid siege around a terrorist hideout. 

Sources said army has sent more reinforcements to the area to seal off all exit points. 

The defence spokesperson said two militants were killed in another encounter at Zachaldara in north Kashmir's Kupwara district. "The encounter triggered on Tuesday night after security forces raided a terrorist hideout,'' he said. 

A Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist was killed in a separate encounter, barely two kms away from Zachaldars. "Abu Hamza was killed in the overnight encounter,'' a police officer said. 

He said a surrendered militant was killed in an encounter with the army at Uri in north Kashmir's Baramulla district. "The slain militant, Abdul Majid Bhat, was associated with Hizbul Mujahideen in the 90s,'' a source said. He is believed to have rejoined the militant ranks after his release in 2000.

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