All the three militants, including self-styled District Commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), who were holed up since early morning yesterday in a house in south Kashmir, have been killed, a police spokesman said here this morning.
The policemen were killed when militants ambushed a vehicle carrying them Friday evening at Thajiwara - Achabal village in Anantnag district, about 65 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
Top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander, Junaid Mattoo and his associate were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Anantnag district. He had a meteoric rise within the Lashkar group and was appointed commander for South Kashmir after he killed two policemen in broad daylight at Anantnag bus stand in June past year. Army has been rushed to the spot and was combing the area.
Confirming the two deaths, DGP SP Vaid said: "Security forces have no choice but to retaliate when militants fire at them". A policeman Shabir Dar was killed by unknown assailants at his village Bogund in Kulgam district.
Police sources said the incident took place on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Bijbehara area.
Two civilians, including a teenage boy, were killed when security forces fired at hundreds of villagers who marched to the site of the shootout to help the rebels escape, he added.
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Lashkar has claimed responsibility for the attack, which is being seen as retaliation to a day-long encounter that killed Mattoo. Mattoo was involved in the killing of a police constable at Bogund on June 15, police said.
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