LeT Cmdr Among 2 Killed In Sopore Battle

3 Houses Destroyed By Shelling, 3 Forces Men Injured

Srinagar – Two militants, including a Lashkar-e-Tayyaba commander were killed in a 24-hour gunbattle in Sopore which also left three residential houses in ruins and three forces personnel, one of them a police officer, injured.

The inspector general of police (IGP) for Kashmir claimed a major success in the killed of Lashkar commander Muzzammil Amin, alias Abu Hisham, saying that he was involved in the Delhi blasts plot and the killing of a special police officer (SPO).

The encounter had erupted on Saturday afternoon when the army, police and the paramilitary forces cordoned off the Shalapora area following a tip-off about militant presence.

“One CRPF jawan was injured when militants opened fire on the forces during the operation,” the superintendent of the police (SP) for the area, Imtiyaz Hussain, said, adding that the cordon had been tightened around two houses reported to be holding the militants.

“As search operations began on Sunday morning, the militants opened heavy fire, prompting the forces to reply,” he said.

According to local residents, the entire area was rocked by heavy gunfire and mortar shelling.

A police inspector and a CRPF constable were injured in the militant firing.

Eye-witnesses said that the forces tore down the residential houses with mortar shells.

The bodies pulled out of the debris later were identified by the police later as that of Muzzammil Amin of Sopore and a foreign militant Abdullah Shaheen.

The IGP for Kashmir said that Amin, according to him a highly wanted militant, was involved in the Delhi bomb blasts conspiracy and the killing of an SPO Riyaz Ahmad in 2012.

The other slain militant was said to have been a Pakistani.

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