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Top LeT commander killed in Bandipora gunfight

Top LeT commander killed in Bandipora gunfight
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Srinagar: A top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander was killed in a gunfight with security forces in Bandipora district of north Kashmir on Tuesday, police said.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Chandaji area of Bandipora in north Kashmir after inputs were received about the presence of militants there, a police official said.
He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants opened fire on the forces, who retaliated.
In the exchange of fire, a militant was killed, the official said.
A police spokesman alter said that the LeT militant killed during the encounter was identified as Babar Ali who had escaped from Shokbaba encounter in the same area on 24 July.
On 24th July three LeT militants including Sharik Altaf (who had ex-filtrated in 2018) were killed in Shokbaba encounter. However, Babar Ali had managed to escape from the said encounter site and was being continuously tracked rigorously thereafter, the spokesman said.
He said that after tracking and pinpointing his presence in Chandajji forest area on Tuesday a joint operation was launched by Police, 26 Assam Rifles and CRPF.
During the search operation, the hiding militant fired upon the search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter. In the ensuing encounter, the hiding militant Babar Ali resident of Ugada district of Punjab Pakistan was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter.
Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including 01 AK-rifle, 02 AK-Magazines, 40 AK-rounds, 01 pouch, 01 wireless set and 01 medicine bag were recovered from the site of encounter, the spokesman said.
Meanwhile, IGP Kashmir congratulated joint team of Police and forces for successfully tracking down Babar Ali and conducting operation in a professional manner without any collateral damage.


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