Lashkar Commander Shot Dead in Pulwama

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Pulwama—Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Muhammad Ayub Lone alias Ayub Lelhari was killed in a brief shootout at Badarpora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday.

Police sources said that acting on specific information regarding the movement of Ayub who was LeT’s Pulwama district commander, the police along with 55 RR, 182 and 183 battalions of CRPF laid ambushes at various places at Banderpora, Drubgam and Chandgam areas.

“A Tavera vehicle in which the LeT commander was travelling was intercepted at Banderpora area of Koil village in the jurisdiction of Police Station Pulwama,” he said, adding that the militant tried to flee and fired upon the joint party which was retaliated in which the he was killed.

The official said that two policemen also sustained injuries during the gunfight and one among them has been shifted to Army’s 92 Base Hospital Badamibagh for further treatment. “The condition of both policemen was stable. One AK 47 rifle, 03 magazines and 54 rounds were seized from the slain. Driver of the said vehicle was arrested,” he said.

The police said that Ayoub had joined LeT outfit in 2015 and became very important operative of the group. “He was involved in number of terror offences including killing of civilians in Pulwama besides attack on security forces. He was involved in grenade attacks on Army camp and Police Post at Kakapora. He was also involved in killing of Sarpanch Fayaz Ahmad Kandizal. His killing is a major success and it has weakened the terror network in Pulwama,” the police added.

Local residents said the vehicle was intercepted and it led to a very brief encounter.

Police sources said security men arrested a driver of the vehicle and his questioning was going on.

A police official termed Lelhari’s killing as another major jolt to Lashkar. “It is yet another success in fight against militancy”.

On August 1, Lashkar’s Kashmir chief and most wanted militant Abu Dujana along with two of his associates was killed in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir.

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