J&K: LeT terrorist Ayub Lelhari killed in encounter with forces

LeT Commander Ayub Lelhari Killed in Encounter Between Security Forces And Terrorists in Pulwama

In a major success, security forces on Wednesday killed another most wanted commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) Ayub Lelhari in an encounter at Pulwama in the South Kashmir.

Pulwama: Clashes between protesters and government forces erupted in Kakapora area of south Kashmir's Pulwama district Thursday, sources said.

"Acting on a tip-off about presence of militants in the village, a joint cordon and search operations (CASO) was launched by 47 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) of Indian Army and Special Operations Group (SOG) of state police", a senior police official said.

The gun battle between the terrorists and security forces took place at Kakpora's Banderpora in Pulwama. The police have arrested also driver of the vehicle. "Excellent work boys!", tweeted DGP SP Vaid.

Defence spokesman in Srinagar, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, said sepoy Narendra Singh, who had sustained bullet injuries due to enemy fire from across the Line of Control in Rampur sector of North Kashmir on August 7, succumbed to injuries at military hospital, here today. "Lelhari's death is yet another success in the fight against militancy", a police spokesman said".

Ayub Lelhari is the third top militant commander killed in Kashmir this month.

"He was involved in number of offences including killing of civilians in Pulwama besides attack on security forces".

The encounter comes three days after three Hizbul Muajhideen militants, including the outfit's operational commander Yasin Itoo alias Mehmood Ghaznavi, were killed in a gunbattle on Sunday.

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