SRINAGAR: Two civilians, including a woman, were also killed and over two dozens others injured after forces opened fire to disperse protesters near the site of the gunfight.
Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, including commander Bashir Lashkari who was allegedly behind the killing of six policemen last month, were killed in an encounter with government forces in Kashmir’s Anantnag district today, police said.
Two civilians, 44-year-old Tahira Begum and 21-year-old Shadab Ahmad Chopan, were killed and dozens others injured after forces fired to disperse protesters marching towards the gunfight in Brenti-Batpora village in Dialgam area of the district.
“The encounter is over. Two militants have been killed,” Director General of Police S P Vaid told PTI.
Vaid said the slain militants had been identified as Bashir Lashkari and Azad Dada, both affiliated with the LeT.
According to police, Lashkari and his group were involved in the killing of SHO Feroz Ahmad Dar and five other policemen in Achabal area of south Kashmir on June 16.
Forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Brenti-Batpora in Anantnag early today after they received information about the presence of militants, including Lashkari, a police official said.
He said the search operation turned into a gunfight after the militants opened fire on forces.__GK News