Top Lashker-e-Taiba militant Irshad killed in Kashmir encounter
Srinagar: A top
Lashker-e-Taiba militant, carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, was on
Saturday killed in an encounter with police and army in Pulwama district,
marking a major success for the security forces.
The slain militant
Irshad, a resident of Kakapora of Pulwama about 40-km south of here, was wanted
for killing of eight armymen in Hyderpora in June, 2013, besides several other
attacks of army and police, official sources said.
Listed as 'A+' category
(most wanted) militant by the police, Irshad was killed in an encounter that
broke out at Begum Bagh village in Kakapora area when police went there
following a specific information about presence of some militants there, they
The gunbattle erupted
when the hiding militants opened fire at the police party. Soon, army was
pressed into service and in the joint operation, he was killed. Irshad, who
hails from the same district, had been active since 2011.
Security forces had
launched a hot pursuit against him after his name cropped up in several
encounters including that in Hyderpora and an attack on a hotel in outskirts of
the city. (With inputs from Agencies)