Kashmir: Security Forces Kill Top LeT Commander Abid Haqqani, One More Terrorist in Bandipora

An encounter broke between security forces and terrorists at Watnira area of Bandipora.

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New Delhi: As the Kashmir Valley witnesses a successful Air Show along the Banks of Picturesque Dal Lake, on the other side of the valley, security forces killed a Top and a most wanted LeT Commander at Watnira area of Bandipora.

He has been identified as Abid Haqqani, who was District Commander of Lashker-e-Toiba while one more militant Azad was involved in the killing of BJP leader Sheikh Waseem Bari along with his brother Umar Sultan and father Bashir Ahmad Sheikh on July 8, 2020.

“In a joint op, two terrorists have been neutralised in the encounter. Both have been identified; one locally trained & 1 trained in Pakistan. One was involved in the killing of BJP leader late Waseem Bari,” IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar informed media on Sunday.

Earlier today, police sources had confirmed the death of two heavily armed militants during an encounter in North Kashmir in Bandipora.

An encounter broke out between security forces and terrorists at Watnira area of Bandipora earlier today, Jammu and Kashmir police informed on Sunday morning.

“Encounter has started at Watnira area of Bandipora. Police and Security Forces are on the job. Further details shall follow,” Kashmir Zone Police had tweeted earlier. They added that incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, was recovered from the site of the encounter.

Security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in the Watnira area of Bandipora in north Kashmir following inputs about the presence of militants there, a police official said.

Police officials said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants fired upon the forces, who retaliated.

The militants are suspected to have infiltrated from across LOC in the Uri sector of Baramulla in North Kashmir a few days back.

As per reports, four security Jawans were also injured during the encounter with militants.