Gun Battle in J&K, Top LeT Militant Killed


Srinagar: Scoring another success, security forces in a fierce encounter gunned down a top ranking Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist in Pulwama’s Kakapora area on Saturday. The slain militant has been identified as Irshad Ganie.

Ganie believed to be from the higher echelon of the outfit is carrying a cash reward of Rs. 10 Lakh on his head. He was a resident of Kakapora of Pulwama about 40 kms south of here, was wanted for killing of eight armymen in Hyderpora in June 2013 besides several other attacks of army and police, official sources said.

Listed as ‘A+’ category (most wanted) militant by the police, Irshad was killed in an encounter that broke out at village Begum Bagh in Kakapora area when police went there following a specific information about presence of some militants there, they said.

The gunbattle erupted when the hiding militants opened fire at the police party. Soon, army was pressed into service and in the joint operation, he was finally killed.