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LeT wiped out from Kashmir after killing of six militants in Saturday encounter, says Army

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Srinagar: Calling it biggest success, the Army said that the top leadership of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the Kashmir Valley has been shunted out with the killing of six militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

“Yesterday operation where six top commanders of LeT in Hajin Bandipora were eliminated is big achievement for us. With this operation we are happy to see leadership of outfit in the valley has been shunted out from the valley,” Lt General JS Sandhu, who heads the Srinagar-headquartered 15 Corps, told reporters today.

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Providing further details on Hajin encounter he said, area was a major concern for them after some people got killed by militants in the area.

After receiving specific inputs, they deputed special forces into the area and keep Chandegeer village on our radar.

“These militants had been staying there in a house for two to three days.”

The General identified one of the militant killed as Osama Jungvi or Owaid, a nephew of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and probably the son of Zakiur Rehman Makki.

Six Pakistani militants including Owaid and two other top commanders of LeT, Zargar and Mehmood, were killed on Saturday. An IAF commando was also killed in the gunfight.

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“We look forward to continue the operations and restore peace in the Valley very soon,” the General added.

“We are working on two lines,” he added, “One is to counter terrorism and the second is that we want the local terrorists to return”.

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police SP Vaid refuted the claims of the Islamic State that claimed that the Zakura, Srinagar, attack on Friday in which a police officer and a militant were killed was the first IS attack in Kashmir.

Asked to comment, he said: “No, it is yet to be verified. I don’t think ISIS has any presence here.”

“With the surrender of footballer Majid Khan, we are entering a field where lot of local boys are willing to come back”.

“Many boys willing to come back do not know the ways and means. We have opened helpline numbers so that contact can be established with us by those who want to come back.”

–IBNS

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