Lashkar Commander For Pulwama Killed: Police  

SRINAGAR — A Lashkar-e-Taiba commander was killed in a brief gunfight with government forces at Chakoora area of Litter in south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Wednesday.

“Today (Wednesday) in the evening hours, a joint patrolling party was fired upon by militants at Chakoora area. The fire was retaliated leading to a brief gunfight,” a police spokesman said.

Consequently, he said, one militant identified as Irfan Ahmed Sheikh son of Gulzar Ahmad Sheikh resident of Chakoora Pulwama was killed.

“He was affiliated with militant outfit LeT and was known as District Commander of LeT for Pulwama,” said the spokesman, adding, “He was wanted by the law for his complicity in crimes.”

Irfan, he claimed,  had a long history of “crime” records for which several cases were registered against him. 

“He was involved in conspiring and executing several attacks on security establishments in the area including grenade attacks,” the spokesman said, adding, “Arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of gunfight. All these materials have been taken in case records for further investigation and probe their complicity in other cases.”

 Following the encounter, youth took to streets and pelted stones on forces. The police and paramilitary CRPF lobbed tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse them.

Meanwhile, in wake of the gunfight, authorities have suspended internet services in the southern district.

CRPF Jawan Injured In Kulgam Blast

A paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper was injured after suspected militants lobbed a grenade at the force camp in Laroo area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Wednesday.

Reports said that some militants hurled a grenade on CRPF camp of 18 Battalion at Laroo area resulting in injuries to one paramilitary trooper.

The injured was taken to nearby hospital for treatment, they said.

A police officer also confirmed the attack and said that one CRPF man suffered splinter injuries.

Following the blast, the government forces launched a hunt to nab the attackers.

Meanwhile, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed the grenade attack on with its spokesperson Mohammad Hassan in a statement issued to GNS saying the grenade went off inside the CRPF’s 18 bn camp.

He said several forces personnel were wounded in the attack that was part of the ‘Operation Noor Mohammad Trali’.







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