Killed LeT militants were involved in yatra attack: IGP

MAJID NABI. Dated: 12/6/2017 1:41:59 PM

SRINAGAR, Dec 5: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir range, Muneer Ahmad Khan today claimed that two of the militants killed in Qazigund encounter with government forces yesterday were directly involved in attack on bus ferrying Amarnath Yatris in July this year.
The provincial police chief said Yawar and Mawia two of the militants who were neutralised in an encounter at Veesu Qazigund in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district were directly involved in attack on bus full of Amarnath pilgrims in July.
Pertinently seven Amarnath pilgrims from Gujarat, including six women were killed and 19 others injured after a bus was attacked by militants in south Kashmir's Anantnag district on 10th of July.
The IGP said that three militants were killed while another was captured alive with ammunition by government forces in Veesu Qazigund. He said the recurring elimination of top LeT commanders has broken the back of this militant outfit.
“Most of the top commanders of LeT have been neutralised in both north and south Kashmir which has destabilizing their morale to a huge extent. One of our soldiers was also killed and another injured however I must admit that the operation was successful and timely and well coordinated,” IGP Khan told reporters.
He said an army ROP was attacked by militants near Veesu Qazigund triggering fierce gun battle between the two sides.
“The army professionally repulsed the attack resulting killing of three militants two of whom were belonging to Pakistan and one local militant Yawar from Dewsar Kulgam. All of them were associated with LeT outfit. One of their associates Rashid Illahi was captured alive. Three AK-47 rifles and other ammunition were recovered near the encounter site,” said Khan.
He said the operation was highly coordinated so that militants could not be able to escape from the encounter site after standoff fire.



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