Militant Killed in Pulwama Encounter


Pulwama: A top Lashker-e-Taiba  militant, carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, was on Saturday killed by the army during a gun battle in Kakapora area of  Pulwama district. 

Meanwhile, as per official sources, the slain militant Irshad Ganie, a resident of Kakapora was wanted for killing of eight armymen in Hyderpora in June 2013 besides several other attacks of army and police.

Listed as ‘A+’ category (most wanted) militant by the police, Irshad was killed in an encounter that broke out at village Begum Bagh in Kakapora area when police went there following a specific information about presence of some militants there, they said, as per PTI.

The gunbattle erupted when the militants opened fire at the police party. Soon, army was pressed into service and in the joint operation, he was finally killed.

Irshad, who hails from the same district, had been active since 2011.

Security forces had launched a hot pursuit against him after his name cropped up in several encounters including that in Hyderpora and an attack on a hotel in outskirts of the city. 

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