Lashkar commander among two militants killed in Pulwama gunfight

Lashkar commander among two militants killed in Pulwama gunfight

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Srinagar,Oct 14 2017,CNS:Police on Saturday said the two militants killed in a gunfight with government forces in Litter village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit.

An official identified the slain militants as Wasim Shah @Usama, resident of Heff and NAsir Ahmad Mir of Litter.

Shah, he said, was the Shopian district commander of the LeT.

He said one Ak-47, one AK-57 and six AK magazines were recovered from the gunfight site.

Meanwhile, dozens of civilians were injured in massive clashes that erupted in Litter and adjacent villages of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district as the gunfight raged on.

The protesters pelted the forces with stones in Litter where the encounter is going on and adjacent villages to help the militants escape.

The forces responded by firing tear gas shells and resorted to firing.

Hospital sources said that dozens of were injured in the forces’ action. At least three persons were hit by bullets, they said.

Earlier, an official said that an operation was launched following “specific intelligence inputs” about the presence of militants in Litter village.

As the forces personnel approached the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired at them, triggering a gunfight in which two of them were killed.