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LeT loses its IED expert in Anantnag encounter: Police

LeT loses its IED expert in Anantnag encounter: Police
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Srinagar: A foreign Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant, who was an IED expert, was killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district of south Kashmir on Saturday, police said.
Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Larnoo area of Anantnag district, in south Kashmir, this morning following inputs about the presence of militants there, a police official said.
The official said that after the presence of the militant was ascertained, he was given an opportunity to surrender, but he fired indiscriminately on the search party, leading to an encounter.
In the gun-battle, the foreign militant was killed and his body retrieved from the site of the encounter, the official said.
He said the slain militant has been identified as Nasir alias Shakeel Saab alias Shak Bhai an A -category militant and an IED expert affiliated with proscribed LeT outfit.
Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of the encounter, the official said, adding these items have been taken into the case records for further investigation and to probe his complicity in other terror crimes.
Meanwhile, security forces arrested a militant associate belonging to LeT from Pulwama, police said on Saturday.
Haris Shareef Rather, a resident of Zaffron Colony in Pampore, was involved in providing shelter, logistic and other support to LeT militants besides assisting active militants in transporting arms and ammunition in Pampore, Khrew and Kakapora areas of the district, according to police records.
Rather was held from Pampore area of Awantipora in the south Kashmir district and incriminating material seized from him has been taken into case records for investigation, they said.
A case has been registered and further investigation is on, they said. (PTI)

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