Incidents and Statements involving Lashkar-e-Taiba
Nature of incident
Sopore area / Baramulla District
A LeT militant identified as
Abu Umar Khitab of Pakistan was killed in an encounter with
SFs in Sopore area in Baramulla District. SFs had laid an ambush
at Haritar in Sopore during the intervening night following
information about movement of militants through the area, a
Police official said. He said SFs on noticing suspicious movement
in the wee hours challenged the persons who opened fire. "In
the retaliatory firing, one terrorist was killed," the official
said. The militant affiliated with LeT and was active for last
four years. He was believed to part of the militant group, which
escaped from the SFs cordon several times last month in Hajjan
area of North Kashmir. Sources said that the militant was operating
in Sopore, Hajin, Gunde Jehanghir and Shah Gund areas of North
Kashmir and SFs were tracking his movement for long. They said
one AK 47 rifle, one hand grenade, three magazines, 70 AK ammunition
rounds, one I-com set, one compass, one bag and one torch was
recovered from his possession.
Handwara area / Kupwara District
SFs arrested a LeT militant from Handwara area
of North Kashmir in Kupwara District, who was planning to carry
out attack on security convoys in the area. Police said that on
specific information one LeT militant identified as Ashiq Ahmed
alias Abu Haider was arrested by Handwara Police and 21
RR of army near Fruit Mandi crossing in Handwara in the District.
"On sustained interrogation he disclosed that he was a close associate
of Abu Bakar a LeT 'commander' killed in Sopore few days back.
On further discloser the arrested militant said that in near future
he was planning to attack security forces convoy in Handwara area",
Police said. Police said that huge cache of arms and ammunition
was recovered from him. These include one AK-47 rifle, 3 Magazines
with live cartridges, one Chinese Pistol with one Magazine, three
Hand Grenades, one Magazine Pouch, one Map and one Haversack.
Al-Badr terrorist Muzzafar Ahmed, who had links
with LeT, was gunned down by the SFs after heavy exchange of fire
in Budgam District. Ahmed, who was wanted in several cases, was
earlier associated with LeT. Also, a Policeman sustained critical
injuries during the encounter.
Parray Mohalla Hajan / Bandipora District
A top LeT militant was killed in a gun battle
in Bandipora District. SFs including 13-RR of army and SOG of
JKP, Bandipora, cordoned off Parray Mohalla Hajan in the District.
A LeT militant, who was hiding in a house opened fire on the troops,
leading to a gun battle in which he was shot dead by the troops.
After the gun battle during searches one AK 47, three AK Magazines,
three hand grenades, one radio set, one pouch, one matrix sheet
and 200 AK rounds were recovered from the encounter site. The
militant was identified as Abu Maviya of LeT.
Heff Shermal / Shopian District
SFs including 55 RR and SOG Shopian cordoned off
Heff Shermal in Shopian District. There are seven militants of
LeT from the village and SFs had information about their movement
in the village. However, the operation was later called off and
no one was arrested.
Pampore / Pulwama District
SFs including 50 RR, 183 Battalion of CRPF and
SOG Kakapora cordon off Kandi Zal area of Pampore in Pulwama District.
Sources said that the SFs had information about presence of Reyaz
Dar of LeT and his associates in the village. However, the operation
was later called off.
Pahalgam area of Anantnag District
Three LeT militants were killed in an encounter
with SFs at Awoora village in Pahalgam area of Anantnag District.
Acting on specific intelligence input about the presence of three
LeT militants, 'commander' Adil, Masood and Abid, hiding in the
village, Army's 3rd RR and SOG launched a search operation in
the area on January 15. An army official said as the SFs were
conducting the search operation, the hiding militants fired upon
them and the SFs retaliated. The exchange of fire went on till
late in the evening after which it was halted for the night, the
official said, adding it was resumed in the wee hours today and
the three militants were killed in the gunfight. Three AK-47 rifles
have been recovered from the encounter site, the official said
adding the operation has been called off.
A LeT militant was killed in an encounter with
SFs in Bandipora District. Acting on specific intelligence inputs
that there might be militants hiding in Parray Mohalla in the
Hajin area, SFs launched a search operation in the village. As
the forces were conducting the search operation, the hiding militant
opened fire on them. In the ensuing encounter, the LeT militant
Abu Musaib was killed and a SOG soldier was also injured in the
brief encounter, Police said.
Two top militants of the LeT outfit were killed
in a gun battle on the outskirts of Srinagar in Ganderbal District.
Following a tip off about the presence of militants in Hadoora,
Shuhama area in Ganderbal District, Police from Srinagar and Ganderbal
along with 5-RR and CRPF cordoned off the area and launched the
search operation. "The hiding militants opened fire on joint search
party which was retaliated, triggering an encounter during which
two militants of LeT were killed. Two AK-47 rifles, one grenade,
six magazines and 180 rounds of AK ammunition were recovered from
the encounter site", SSP, Ganderbal, Imtiaz Ismail Parray, said.
The two LeT militants have been identified as Qari Hanzullah and
Anas Bilal and both of them were residents of Pakistan. They were
associates of top LeT 'commander' Abu Hurraira who is operating
from Dachigam area in the outskirts of Srinagar for last several
years. They were operating in Srinagar and Ganderbal districts
since January 22, 2013 and had recently started coordinating with
SFs arrested a LeT militant from Nowpora Payeen
village of Lassipora in Pulwama District. Police said that based
upon specific input, SFs including Police and Army's 55 RR launched
a cordon and search operation at Nowpora area of the District,
during which a local militant identified as Manzoor Ahmad was
arrested, along with one pistol, two pistol rounds, 36 AK rounds,
one Chinese grenade, two pistol magazines, one pouch and first
aid kit, from the possession of the arrested militant. During
the cordon and search operation, locals came out of their houses
and pelted stone on Police and Army. Police fired several teargas
shells on protesters and also resorted to aerial firing to break
up the stone pelting protest. However, no protester was injured
in the clashes and later the cordon was lifted by forces.
Eight persons including four militants, two Army
personnel and equal number of civilians were killed and around
24 civilians were injured in an encounter followed by clashes
in Kulgam District. Acting on specific information about the presence
of militants in Nagbal, Frisal area of the District, Kulgam Police
along with 1-RR and 18th Battalion of CRPF cordoned off the suspected
house and started the search operation, Police said. The four
militants killed in the encounter were identified as Farooq Ahmad
Bhat of Checki Dessand, Mohammad Younis Lone of Hawoora, both
were HM militants and Mudisir Ahmad Tantary alias Assim
of Redwani Kulgam and Wakeel Ahmad Thoker of Hadigam, both were
LeT militants. Two AK rifles, two pistols, one INSAS rifle and
ammunition were recovered from the encounter site. Further, people
in the area came out in street as the encounter was in progress
and pelted stones on SFs near the encounter site. The SFs fired
teargas and pellets in which around two dozen persons were injured,
out of which one Mushtaq Ibrahim Itoo succumbed to his injuries.
Two top LeT 'commanders' were among four militants
and four soldiers including an Army Major killed while six soldiers
and a civilian were injured in two separate gun battles in North
Kashmir. Sources said that on a tip-off, Army, SOG of JKP and
CRPF launched a joint search operation at Parray Mohalla Hajan
in Bandipora District. They said that as the SFs were sealing
the area, militants hiding in the village opened fire on troops
and hurled hand grenades. The SFS returned the fire killing one
militant who has been identified as Abu Haris, a top 'commander'
of LeT. Srinagar based Defence Ministry spokesman, Lt Col Rajesh
Kalia identified the Army men killed in the gun battle as Dharmendera
Kumar of Pataliya, Uttarakhand; Rifleman Ravi Kumar of Meen Sarkar
Tabela of Samba and Gunner Astosh Kumar of Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
Three militants were killed and an Army Major
was injured in Handwara area in Kupwara District. SFs received
information about presence of three-four militants in Khan Mohalla
Hajin Kralgund area of Handwara's Kupwara District. Major S Dhaiya,
who was leading the operation, succumbed to his injuries. One
of the killed militants has been identified as Abu Darda, a top
'commander' of LeT and the identity of other two is being ascertained.
Police identified the militants who were killed
in the encounter at Parray Mohalla Hajan in Bandipora District
on February 14, as LeT 'commander' Abu Darda alias Shafiq,
operating in North Kashmir between 2008 and 2010 and later he
ex-filtrated to Pakistan and again infiltrated in 2016 and was
operating in Handwara and Kupwara areas of North Kashmir, while
the other two militants have been identified as Abu Maviya and
At least three militants including 'district commander'
of HM, fled from the cordon after stone pelting by locals on SFs
during the operation in Kulgam District. Massive stone-pelting
clashes erupted in two villages of the District as SFs launched
search and cordon operations against a group of militants including
HM 'commander', Altaf Ahmad Kachru. Sources said that Army's 1-RR,
SOG of JKP and CRPF cordoned off Tarigam village of Kulgam District
after receiving an input about the presence of three militants.
Sources said that as the searches were started, the locals including
women came out of their houses and held protests. The locals pelted
stones on SFs involved in operations and tried to break the cordon
to give safe passage to militants who were believed to be trapped
Mehmood Shah, an LeT spokesman, praised people
for "ensuring the safety of the militants". "We won't let the
people-militant bond to break. Till people are in the field, militants
will continue to outsmart Indian troopers," said the LeT spokesman.
Two militants were killed in a fierce gun battle
broke out between SFs and LeT militants in Padgampora area of
Pulwama District in the morning. "The slain militants have been
identified as Jehangir Ganai and Mohammad Shafi alias Sher Gujri,"
a senior CRPF officer said, adding that Ganai was involved in
the killing of a local Policeman last year (2016). SFs from the
CRPF and SOG of J&K Police have started search operations and
cordoned off the area where two-three militants of the group were
holed up even. Army was deployed to carry out combing operations.
Hyhama area / Kupwara District
Three LeT militants and a minor girl were killed
while another minor boy and a SF person were injured in an encounter
at Hyhama area of Kupwara District of North Kashmir. SSP Kupwara,
Shamsher Hussain, said that three militants of LeT, identified
as Abu Mala, Anas Bhai and Abu Mansoor (all of them were Pakistani
nationals) were killed in gun battle at Jagityal Kulnard area
of Kupwara this morning (March 15). A minor girl, identified as
Kaneeza and a minor boy Faisal were injured when they were hit
by bullets during the encounter. Girl Kaneeza succumbed to her
injuries and boy was shifted to Srinagar for treatment. A Police
constable identified as Danish Ahmad was also injured in the encounter.
Three AK-47 rifles, six hand grenades, one GPS, one wireless set,
six magazines and large quantity of ammunition was recovered from
The SSP said that these militants were active
in Kralpora, Dardpora, Marhama, Awoora and its adjacent areas
for last one year. He said that they had infiltrated last year
(2016) and were part of reception party of LeT. He said that they
were receiving infiltrated militants from Keran and Tangdhar sectors
and providing them logistic support before launching them to Kashmir
One CRPF trooper was killed and five others were
injured after suspected militants opened fire at a CRPF convoy
at Pantha Chowk area in the outskirts of Srinagar. Unidentified
militants fired at a civilian passenger vehicle carrying CRPF
personnel of 97 Battalion at Sempora in Pantha Chowk area. Two
civilians, including a 10-year-old girl, were also injured in
the crossfire. One of the injured personnel, Head Constable Basappa,
later succumbed to his injuries. LeT claimed responsibility for
the attack. The personnel were on their way to Srinagar for election
duty for Lok Sabha by-polls scheduled to be held on April 9.
SFs arrested a LeT militant in South Kashmir,
as he was planning to carry out attack on SFs on a National Highway
in Kulgam District. A Police officer said that based on intelligence
input, Kulgam Police and RR of Army launched a manhunt and established
a special Naka at Sangus-Kaharoot road, resultantly arrested one
LeT militant, identified as Shakir Ahmad Itoo of Qoimoh, and recovered
one Chinese grenade form his possession.
A communiqué, issued by the Police top brass has
asked Police heads to brief their personnel regarding "the impending
threat to ensure life and property of police personnel is well
secured". According to the communiqué that was accessed by the
newspaper, it has directed policemen "to exercise extreme caution
while visiting their homes. Policemen should preferably avoid
visiting their homes for the next few months as their security
is of paramount importance," it read. Police sources said two
top commanders of the Hizb- ul- Mujahideen (HM) and the Lashkar-e-Taiba
(LeT) held a meeting in Pulwama's Koil recently to finalise their
new strategy "to go after the local policemen". According to Police
investigations, handlers across the Line of Control have given
their nod to start 'Operation Tiger' focusing on attacks on Policemen.
Militants have already heightened activities against Policemen.
||Chadoora area / Budgam District
SFs killed two LeT militants, identified as 'commander',
Abu Ali and his associate Younis Ganai in a brief gun battle in
Chadoora area of the Budgam District. According to Police, acting
on specific information, 53 RR of Army and SOG of J&K Police Budgam
cordoned off Hayatpora village of in Chadoora area of Budgam District
on April 22 evening. The troops zeroed in two militants who were
hiding in an orchard and in a brief exchange of gunfire, both
the militants were killed. Sources said that militants fired at
the troops as they cordoned off the area leading to a gun battle
in which both of them were killed. Two AK 47, four magazines,
one pistol and Chinese hand grenade were recovered from the possession
of the dead militants.
Three major militant groups are operating together
in Kashmir. A video, being circulated on social media, purportedly
showed 30 militants of the HM, LeT and JeM together in south Kashmir.
The armed militants of the three outfits were reportedly marching
in front of the camera in the 45-second video shot in a forested
area. "Militants from HM, LeT and JeM… are operating jointly.
This trend started last year after the July unrest. Before that,
they had different areas of operation," an unnamed senior security
officer from Kashmir said.
In third incident of its kind during preceding
24 hours in South Kashmir, militants in broad daylight raided
two banks in Pulwama District and decamped with cash worth lakhs
of rupees. Following these twin incidents, Police claimed that
LeT is involved in these robberies and said they have identified
three of its militants behind today's (May 3) bank raids on whom
heads it also announced cash reward.
SFs also laid a cordon in Khudwani of Kulgam District
after a tip-off about the presence of LeT terrorists, but they
escaped with public support, Police said.
Four LeT terrorists fired volleys from their automatic
rifles into the air to pay "respect" to slain militant Fayaz Ahmed
Ashwar, from Reshipora in Kulgam District of south Kashmir, during
his funeral. It's rare for terrorists to be present for the funeral
of their dead cohorts, and rarer for them to expose themselves
by publicly displaying such support. Eyewitnesses said four armed
militants appeared in the crowd who came to "pay" respect to slain
HM militant Fayaz Ahmed Ashwar. "They fired a volley of bullets
in the air and raised pro-azadi slogans," sources said.
Police foiled a major attempt to revive militancy
in Chenab Valley, which had been reduced to negligible during
the past few years, by arresting seven militants, who had developed
links in Pakistan as well as with LeT commanders in the Kashmir
valley. The module was working to revive militancy in the Doda-
Kishtwar-Ramban region of J&K. IGP of Jammu Zone S D S Jamwal
said that the arrests were made by a SIT formed after the attack
on a Police post in Doda on May 8, in which one SPO was killed
and another injured. An AK-47 rifle and three magazines and ammunition
have been recovered from them, the IGP added.
Two LeT militants who escaped from an Army base
after carrying out Fidayeen attack on April 27 were killed in
a gun battle in Handwara area of Kupwara District. The two militants
were killed in a brief encounter in Warpora area of Handwara after
21 RR of Army and SoG of J&K Police Handwara carried out an operation
on a specific information regarding the presence of militants
in Warpora. We recovered large quantity of war like stores which
includes two AK rifles, two pistols", the Commanding Officer 21
RR, Colonel Kuldeep Singh said.
The rising dissonance between Kashmiri separatists
and terrorists based in the Valley on the one hand and Pakistan-based
terrorist commanders and cadres in Kashmir on the other has led
Indian agencies to suspect that terror masterminds across the
border may be covertly planning a new terrorist organisation in
J&K, with focus on ex-HM 'commander' Zakir Musa.
According to intelligence sources, multiple statements
over the past two weeks by Musa, the self-styled successor of
slain HM leader Burhan Wani, LeT, Kashmiri separatists and United
Jehad Council chief Syed Salahuddin, coupled with images, videos
and audio clips circulated on social media, point to "a widening
conflict between key stakeholders of violence in the Valley".
Intelligence sources said Pakistan may be attempting a repeat
of its Kashmir strategy of the 1990s, when the only terror organisation
- the JKLF - was supplanted and eventually replaced by many new
outfits by 1993-94.
Nowgam sector / LoC / Kupwara District
Seven persons, including four militants and three
SFs personnel were killed as Army operation in Nowgam sector along
the LoC in Kupwara District against the infiltrating militants.
The operation started on May 20, as two terrorists and two Army
troopers were killed in the operation while militants attempting
to infiltrate into the State from PoK in the Nowgam sector.
Two militants and a soldier were killed as Army
operation in Nowgam sector along the LoC in Kupwara District against
the infiltrating militants continued on May 21 taking the number
of militants killed in the operation so far to four and the number
of Army men killed to three Lieutenant Colonel Rajesh Kalia said
that four infiltrating militants and three soldiers were killed
in Nowgam sector in North Kashmir during the operation that was
launched by army last evening (May 20). "Four weapons and war
like stores were also recovered as Army sanitized the area today
(May 21)", he added. The soldiers who were killed in the operation
have been identified as Havaldar Damar Bahadur, Havaldar Girish
Gurung and Rifleman Robin Sharma.
||LoC / Kupwara District
Four militants of LeT who were killed as Army
foiled an infiltration bid along the LoC in Kupwara District on
May 20-21 were highly trained Fidayeen (Suicide Squad), who were
tasked to carry out major strike in Kashmir. Army sources said
that four killed LeT militants were highly trained and were tasked
to carry out a major Fidayeen strike in Kashmir. They said that
the amount of arms and ammunition which was recovered from them
indicated their plan of carrying out the major strike. The recoveries
include four AK 47 rifles and AK 47 ammunition, UBGL grenades,
hand grenades, GPS, wireless sets, Pakistan made medicine, dry
fruits, binoculars, wire cutters and matrix sheets.
||Hakripora Kakpora / Pulwama District
Search operation launched by the SFs on May 23
in south Kashmir ended early this morning (May 24) as militants
managed to escape under the cover of darkness, official sources
said in Srinagar. They said with the first light this morning,
the SFs resumed search operation in village Hakripora Kakpora
in Pulwama District. However, the operation was called off at
05.30 am as the militants managed to escape under the cover of
The operation was launched on May 23th night following
a tip-off about the presence of three militants including top
LeT 'commander' in the village. There was a brief encounter between
the militants hiding in the village and SFs. However, the operation
was stopped due to darkness to avoid any casualty, the sources
said. SFs had sealed the entire area after reinforcement was rushed
there from nearby camps. However, the militants managed to escape.
No arrests were made, they added.
||Handwara area / Kupwara District
LeT militants fired upon an Army patrol party
in Rajwar forests of North Kashmir's Handwara area in Kupwara
District in the night. A joint operation was launched by Army
and SOG Handwara of Jammu and Kashmir Police in Rajwar forest
area of Handwara in the morning. They had information about presence
of around three to four militants in forest area. The entire area
has been cordoned off and more troops have been rushed to the
area so as to prevent militants from fleeing.
Sources said that while LeT was using Pakistan
soil to pump hawala money into the Kashmir valley, some
other cadre of the LeT and other militant outfits had also used
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the two friendly neighbours of India,
to pump money to the separatists using hawala channels
in New Delhi, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.
SFs busted an LeT OGW network by arresting five
persons, that was supplying arms and ammunition to the militants
in Bandipora District. Police said that an input was received
that one Wagon-R vehicle is roaming between Chandergeer, Hajin,
Shahgund and Gund-Jahangeer areas, carrying militants and OGWs
and arms and ammunition and were planning attacks. SFs laid a
naka at Khusarpora Hajin axis, leading to recovery of huge cache
of arms and ammunition, which was meant to be supplied to LeT
group operating in the Shahgund and Gund-Jahangeer areas.
During the checking, one white color Wagon-R
vehicle was intercepted and five boarding persons, identified
as as driver Bashir Ahmad Mir, Mohammad Younis Bhat, Shabir Ahmad
Dar, Hilal Ahmad Parray, and Sonaullah Dar, were questioned. "The
extensive search of the vehicle and personal search of the people
boarding the vehicle was conducted and 10 grenades, 2 AK-47 magazines
and 27 rounds of AK rifle were recovered from the vehicle. All
the five persons were arrested and vehicle was seized", Police
The central intelligence agencies and Police in
Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir are on their toes following an input
that a highly trained handler of LeT from Pakistan, identified
as Hanzia Anan, is present in India to direct attacks against
civilian and military targets. According to alert shared with
the SFs, Anan's plans could include parts of Srinagar, Vijaypur
railway station in Jammu, industrial areas in Samba and Bari Brahmana,
boys hostel at Jammu Dental College, areas along Gurdaspur-Brahmana
Road to Tibri near the Indian Army camp and Gurdaspur and Dinanagar
Intelligence agencies have not been able to establish
Anan's location yet but sources said that he may have sneaked
into India recently and could be helped by local operatives to
carry out the attacks. It is not known yet whether the LeT operative
came to India alone or along with other cadres, but the input
on his presence has seen security at all locations being increased
and efforts are being made to trace him.
The DGP, Dr SP Vaid said that Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD)
is waging a major cyber war in Kashmir and Police and other security
agencies are effectively dealing with it. "JuD has declared 2017
'year of Kashmir' and they with their malicious intentions are
misleading children of Pakistan by saying they have to fight Jihad
in Kashmir and there is no need to go to Kashmir and instead wage
cyber Jihad from Pakistan only. A cyber war has been launched
and we are trying to effectively deal with it. Their maximum efforts
would be to create mayhem and disturbance in Kashmir which security
and people of Kashmir won't let happen", he added.
The NIA has approached Pakistan to provide details
of four fidayeen (suicide) attackers involved in Uri attack of
September 18, 2017. The attack at Uri became one of the main reasons
for strained Indo-Pak relations in the last one year. According
to the sources in the anti-terror probe agency, a judicial request
(letter rogatory) has been sent to Pakistan via diplomatic channels
in which details of DNA samples, medicines, clothes, shoes, accessories
and DNA of one of the four terrorists who was identified as Abu
Anas by the agencies. NIA wants to know from Pakistan the identities
of other three terrorists, their outfit and who sent them apart
from other details. The agency probe points to the role of LeT
in the terror strike. Earlier, the Army had claimed that JeM was
behind the plot but later evidence suggested that the four fidayeen
belonged to LeT.
Arwani village / Kulgam District
A joint team of SFs, in an encounter, killed three
LeT militants, identified as Junaid Ahmad Mattoo alias 'Jana,
Adil Mushtaq Mir alias 'Nana' and Nisar Ahmad Wani in Arwani village
of Kulgam District. After getting specific input about the presence
of three LeT militants, SF surrounded two houses in Arwani village.
When the SFs closed in on the hiding militants, they were fired
upon by the militants, triggering an exchange. The encounter continued
throughout the day and firing ended this evening. Bodies of the
three slain militants were recovered on June 17 morning. Report
said that scores of people also received injuries during the clashes
near the encounter site in Arwani village. Two youths, identified
as Mohammad Ashraf (34) and Ahsan Mushtaq (15) were killed and
20 others injured during the clashes near the encounter site in
Arwani. According to the Police, Mohammad Ashraf was caught in
crossfire when the encounter started at 10 AM at Arwani village.
Achabal / Anantnag District
In one of the major militant attack against Police,
six Police personnel including a SHO were killed in Achabal in
Anantnag District. Two civilians were also injured in the attack.
A group of at least 10 militants in the evening laid an ambush
on a Police party at Thajwara village in Achabal in Anantnag District.
They surrounded the Police party and opened fire from all directions
at their vehicle killing SHO of Achabal Police Station, identified
as Feroze Ahmed Dar and five others, identified as Constable Shariq
Ahmad, Constable Tasveer Ahmad, Constable Shiraz Ahmad, SPO Mohammad
Asif, SPO Sabzar Ahmad. Militants also snatched 5 AK-47 rifles
and ammunition from the dead Policemen. Sources said that the
SFs had inputs that the LeT are planning to carry out militant
strike in Anantnag. Later, LeT has claimed responsibility for
attack. The militants disfigured the faces of the six Policemen
in the attack before walking away with their weapons, Police said.
The perpetrators of the ambush in which six Policemen
were killed would "face the law" very soon, J&K DGP S P Vaid said
and announced a bounty of INR 10 lakh for LeT 'commander' Bashir
Lashkari who is believed to have orchestrated the attack.
Among the five militants who came to LeT 'commander'
Junaid Matoo's funeral on June 17, two were from the HM, their
attendance reflective of a co-ordination between terror outfits
that SFs and the Police find worrisome. LeT militants Matoo, Nasir
Ahmed Wani and Adil Mushtaq were killed in an encounter in Anantnag
District on June 16. Nasir's funeral, too, was attended by two
HM commanders. At both places - Matoo's Khudwani village in Kulgam
and Nasir's family home in Heff, Shopian - the militants came
armed and raised anti-India slogans. A senior Police officer said
the presence of militant leaders at funerals of militants who
did not belong to the same outfit, was a way to glamourise their
movement. "It is a matter of concern for us," said the officer.
"By appearing at militants' funerals, they are trying to attract
more youths towards militancy and they have been successful sometimes."
||New Colony Kakapora / Pulwama District
Three militants of the LeT were killed during
search operation in Pulwama District. On a tip off about presence
of a group of LeT militants hiding in New Colony Kakapora in Pulwama,
SFs had launched cordon and search operation last evening (June
21). Militants fired upon SFs on seeing them, leading to an encounter
in which an army Major, identified as Major Kartik suffered minor
shoulder injury due to bullet hit. The encounter continued till
morning and three militants were killed subsequently. Two of them
have been identified as Majid Mir and Shabir while the identity
of the third militant is yet to be ascertained.
||Pantha Chowk area / Srinagar District
One SF person was killed and another one injured
after heavily armed militants attacked a CRPF's patrol party in
Pantha Chowk area on the Srinagar-Jammu NH in Srinagar District.
A CRPF official in Srinagar said that militants armed with AK-rifles
fired indiscriminately around 5:50pm on a vehicle, which was part
of a 29 battalion CRPF patrol party, near Pantha Chowk bus stand
in Srinagar. "The injured soldiers were evacuated to military
hospital at Badamibagh, Srinagar, where Sub-Inspector (SI) Sahab
Shukla and other jawan injured in the attack is undergoing treatment,"
he added. A civilian too has sustained minor injuries in the attack.
Later, LeT claimed responsibility of Pantha Chowk attack. "Mujahideen
Lashkar-e-Toiba attacked on CRPF party at Pantha Chowk on Srinagar-Jammu
highway," LeT spokesman Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi said in a statement.
Investigations into a case of terror funding in
the Kashmir Valley being carried out by the NIA revealed that
the founder of JuD, Hafiz Saeed, pumped in almost INR 500 million
for subversive activities in the region following the killing
of top HM 'commander' Burhan Wani in July 2016. The FIR lodged
by the NIA in connection with the case also names Saeed, who is
the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, as one of the
main accused for financing terror activities in the Valley.
The ED, which also lodged a case on June 23 to
investigate the money laundering angle in terror financing, too
has named Hafiz. "Initial investigations have confirmed that Hafiz
Saeed routed at least Rs 50 crore over a period of almost a year
since last July during which time the Valley witnessed unprecedented
violence. This is a conservative estimate and the figure could
be much higher. Most of the money came through a well organised
hawala network through Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and UAE. We are
trying to piece together the entire chain to establish clearly
who were the end receivers of this money," a senior intelligence
||Pantha Chowk / Srinagar District
Two LeT militants were killed in an encounter
that broke out between militants and SFs in DPS building at Pantha
Chowk in Srinagar District. The encounter broke out at around
midnight after militants attacked a CRPF vehicle on June 24 evening,
killing SI of CRPF, identified Sahab Shukla and injuring two others
near the entrance of DPS on the NH. The militants fled towards
the school and took refuge inside one of the five huge buildings
of DPS. SFs including on June 24 evening cordoned off the DPS
soon after the attack on CRPF. The exchange of fire started after
midnight when the militants fired on SFs who were searching for
them in the school buildings. The gunfight continued till early
morning on June 25 in which two militants were killed. The slain
militants were identified as Abu Tala and Abu Hurraira, both Pakistanis
who were part of Fidayeen group who were killed in EDI building
early this year. Two AK rifles, one UBGL, 2 grenades and six AK-magazines
were recovered from their possession. At least three Army soldiers
were also injured during the operation in the building.
||Dailgam village / Anantnag District
LeT 'commander' Bashir Ahmad Wani alias Bashir
Lashkar and his associate, identified as Azad Ahmad Malik alias
Dada along with two civilians, identified as Tahira Begum and
Shadab were killed in a fierce encounter in Dailgam village in
Anantnag District. A Police spokesman said gunfight between the
militants and the SFs raged after siege was laid in the area following
specific inputs. Police said 17 civilians, who were inside the
house, where militants were trapped, were rescued. After the house
was cleared of civilians, Police and Army blasted the house and
it resulted in the killing of two militants. "While the cordon
was being laid, some militants outside a house fired upon the
security personnel which was retaliated. In the cross firing one
woman sustained injuries and later succumbed," the Police spokesman
said. Another youth was also injured in clashes who later died.
Bul Bul Nowgam area / Anantnag District
Three LeT militants were killed in an encounter
in Bul Bul Nowgam area in Anantnag District. SSP Anantnag, Altaf
Khan said that a joint team of SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police,
19 RR of Army and CRPF cordoned off Bul Bul Nowgam area following
specific inputs about the presence of militants. "As the security
forces intensified the searches, the militants hiding in the area
opened fire triggering an encounter in which three militants were
killed", he said. The militants have been identified as Showkat
Lohar of Arwani, Bijbehara in Anantnag District. He was an 'A-category'
militant and was recruited by LeT last year (2016) in August.
Another militant has been identified as Mudasir Ahmad Hajam of
Danwatpura village in Kokernag in Anantnag District. He was 'B-category'
militant and joined LeT in January 2017. Both the militants were
part of Bashir Lashker group, who was killed early this month.
The third militant is said to be a Pakistani and has not been
identified as yet. One AK 47 rifle, an SLR and a pistol was recovered
from their possession.
The most wanted militant in Jammu and Kashmir
and 'divisional commander' LeT, Abu Dujana, slipped out of SFs
ambush in Pulwama District of South Kashmir after a brief gun
battle and a massive operation has been launched against him.
Sources said that LeT 'divisional commander', Abu Dujana, who
is the most wanted militant in Kashmir valley slipped out of Police
dragnet this evening in Pulwama District of South Kashmir by firing
at a vehicle in which Police was chasing him. Sources said that
Abu Dujana was on his way from Tral to Pulwama and Police in civvies
was following him in a civil car.
They said that at Banderpora village, Abu Dujana
got suspicious of a Bolero car that was chasing him. He fired
at the tyre of the car before abandoning the Sumo in which he
was travelling and also fired at the tyre of an Army vehicle that
had laid ambush against him in the village. Police and Army also
fired at him several rounds but he managed to slip out of their
dragnet. More troops were rushed to the area and a massive hunt
has been launched against him in the nearby villages by joint
team of Police and Army. Police seized the two vehicles and arrested
the driver of the Sumo and he is being questioned.
Police arrested six OGWs of LeT in Tengpora area
of Srinagar. Acting on specific information, Srinagar Police had
laid a naka at Tengpora bypass and as a vehicle in which they
were travelling approached the naka, it stopped and the persons
boarding the vehicle fled leaving behind the vehicle. Police chased
and arrested them along with an AK-47 and other war like stores.
They also seized two vehicles in which they were travelling. The
arrested OGWs have been identified as Mastan Sirul Saba, Ishfaq
Ahmad Dar, Arif Ahmad Dar, Masrat Ahmad Dar and Nisar Ahmad Lone.
Hakripora village / Pulwama District
At least two top LeT militants, identified as
LeT Kashmir 'head' Abu Dujana alias Hafiz and another LeT
militant Arif Lilhaari were killed during a fierce encounter in
Pulwama District. Dujana was the LeT's so-called 'divisional commander',
and reportedly hailed from northern Pakistan. Acting on specific
intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in Hakripora
village in Pulwama District, SFs launched a cordon and search
operation in the area, a Police official said. The militants opened
fired during the operation, prompting retaliation from the forces
which triggered a gun battle, he said.
Sopore / Baramulla District
At least three militants of LeT were killed and
a Police constable was injured in an encounter at Amargrah, Sopore
in Baramulla District early morning. Official sources said that
on specific information about the presence of militants, SFs and
SOG of State Police launched a joint search operation at Amargrah
early this morning. During the operation militants attacked the
SFs with automatic weapons ensuing a fierce encounter in the open
ground. Three LeT militants were killed and three AK rifles and
other arms and ammunition were recovered from the slain militants,
Zainapora area / Shopian District
Police and SFs arrested three OGWs of LeT, identified
as Showkat Ahmad Mir, Waseem Ahmad Sofi and Junaid Ali Bhat, from
Zainapora area of Shopian District. Three hand grenades were also
recovered from them. Police said that during questioning, the
OGWs admitted that they were working at behest of LeT operative
Wasim Shah and were tasked to lob grenades on police establishments,
cause death and injuries to Police personnel and snatch weapons
in Shopian. The OGWs had also carried out observation of some
Police guards for militant attacks.
Samboora village / Pulwama District
A LeT militant from Pakistan, identified as Umar
was killed in an encounter with SFs in Samboora village of Pulwama
District. Umar was part of the 'Abu Ismail group' of Kashmir,
which is behind the July 10 attack on Amarnath pilgrims that left
eight devotees killed and several others injured, a Police official
said. The official said that SFs launched a cordon and search
operation in Samboora village late night following information
about presence of militants there. The search party of forces
was fired upon by militants triggering a gunbattle, the official
said. One militant was killed in the encounter, he said.
Nearly a month after eight Amarnath pilgrims were
killed during a terror attack (July 10, 2017) in Pahalgam area,
the State Police said that they have cracked the case. "Ismail,
a Pakistani terrorist of LeT along with two other associates and
a local Kashmiri terrorist carried out the attack," IGP - Kashmir,
Muneer Ahmed Khan said while addressing a press conference in
Srinagar. Another terrorist in the group of four had been identified
as Yawar, a local recruiter for the LeT, the Police said. Efforts
are on to identify the other two, believed to be Pakistanis. The
police also released pictures of Abu Ismail and Yawar. He also
said that the attack was "initially planned for July 9, but that
day there was no movement of CRPF or yatri vehicle in isolation."
Giving details about the attack, the IGP said, "Three locals provided
logistical support to the terrorists. All of the accused have
been arrested and produced before court, currently under police
remand." "During investigation the accused completely revealed
everything about the modus operandi of the terror attack," he
said, adding, "They had code word 'Shaukat' for yatri vehicle
and 'Bilal' for CRPF vehicle. It was purely a terrorist act."
"There was yatri vehicle that day so they attacked it, had there
been CRPF vehicle they would've attacked that, they had planned
The three "co-conspirators"-- Bilal Ahmed Reshi,
Aizaj Wagey and Zahoor Ahmed --had carried out reconnaissance
exercises and chosen Botengo near Khanbal as the spot where the
attack could be carried out, the IGP said.The trio had also provided
shelter to the four militants in Khudwani and Sriguffwara of south
Kashmir, he said. Bilal's elder brother Adil, an alleged LeT terrorist,
was killed by SFs earlier this year.
Police and Army have launched hunt to trace an
injured militant in Pulwama District. Reports said that a militant
of LeT, Ayub Lone alias Ayub Lelhari was injured during
an encounter in Samboora village in Pampora area two days ago.
One Pakistani militant was killed but Ayub and his associate managed
to escape from the cordon but he was injured. SFs on August 7
cordoned off Pahoo, Bougam Kakapora and Pinglana village to trace
out the injured militant. The hunt to trace out him continued
on August 8.
Sopore area / Baramulla District
SFs arrested a LeT militant, identified as Ishfaq
Ahmad Kanna from Sopore area in Baramulla District and recovered
a pistol and two grenades from his possession. During Naka checking,
one suspected person jumped the Naka and fled to a nearby orchard.
The area was cordoned off by the police and security forces and
the suspected person was apprehended. During the search his identity
was revealed as Ishfaq Ahmad Kanna son of Mohammad Shafi Kanna
of Jamia-Qadeem Sopore district Baramulla, who recently joined
LeT outfit", Police said. One pistol, one magazine, five rounds
and two UBGL grenades were recovered from him. Police said that
he was part of Lashkar module, three members of which were killed
last week at Jamia Mohalla Amargarh Sopore. "Before joining LeT
outfit, he worked as an active recruiter/OGW for LeT outfit in
Sopore and other areas of North Kashmir", said police adding that
he was involved in a grenade throwing case on Police Station Sopore.
LeT's Pulwama 'district commander', Ayoub Ahmad
Lone alias Ayoub Lelhari was killed in an encounter in
Pulwama District. SSP Choudhary Mohammad Aslam, said that he was
travelling in a Tavera car along with the driver and a civilian
in Banderpora, Koil area when security forces intercepted the
car. "He opened fire but was killed in the retaliatory fire by
security forces," he added. Two Police personnel were injured
in the initial firing after which an encounter started in which
Lelhari was killed. The SSP said that driver of the car has been
arrested but the civilian fled from the spot. Lelhari had been
active in South Kashmir areas and had recently been designated
as 'district commander' by the LeT.
A CRPF trooper, identified as Reyaz Ahmad who
was injured in a grenade attack by militants in Budgam District
on August 14, succumbed to injuries. Reyaz Ahmad died at SKIMS
hospital in Soura. He was among the four SF personnel injured
in the attack on August 14. The militants had hurled a grenade
at a road opening party of CRPF and Police at Batpora in Magam
Police identified the militants, who killed a
student, Gowhar Ahmad Dar of Urpora Nagbal on August 20. Police
blamed LeT for his killing. They identified the two LeT militants
responsible for the killing of Gowhar as Waseem Shah, resident
of Heff and Nazim Dar, resident of Urpora. They said a manhunt
has been launched to nab them.
Pantha Chowk area / Srinagar
A Policeman was killed and seven others were injured
as suspected LeT militants attacked a Police bus in Pantha Chowk
area on the outskirts of Srinagar. Police said that militants
ambushed a bus on its way from Zewan to Srinagar at Pantha Chowk
area in the outskirts of Srinagar on September 1st evening. Police
said that eight Policemen were injured and one of them succumbed
to injuries. Later, LeT has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Senior Police and SFs officials reached the spot and massive search
operation has been launched in the area against the militants
responsible for the attack.
Tantray Pora /Kulgam District
A suspected LeT militant, identified as Irshad
Padder was killed during an encounter in Tantray Pora in Kulgam
District in the morning. It is being said that the slain terrorist
was involved in the brutal killing of 22-year-old Army officer
Ummer Fayaz in Shopian District in May this year. The encounter
is still underway and the exact number of militants is unknown
till the report last came in.
||Nowgam area / Srinagar District
In a major success for the SFs, the 'commander-in-chief'
of LeT, Abu Ismail, who was the mastermind behind the Amarnath
yatra attack (July 10, 2017), along with his associate, Abu Qasim
alias Chota Qasim were killed in an encounter at Nowgam area of
Srinagar District. Qasim was most wanted militant in South Kashmir
as he was mastermind of attack on Amarnath yatris at Anantnag
District in which eight pilgrims were killed. IGP, Muneer Khan
revealed that a joint operation was launched in Nowgam after contact
was established at 4.15 pm with the two militants hiding in a
house in the area. "In a brief, crisp encounter, both terrorists
were shot dead," he said. "Abu Ismail had 15 FIRs against him
for murder, dacoity and other militancy related incidents," Khan
said adding that two AK-47 rifles and other materials were recovered
from the dead bodies.
||IB / Arnia sector/Jammu District
Sources said the BSF has been retaliating Pakistan's
unprovoked firing and shelling very effectively as there had been
reports that LeT's militants have also mixed up with Pakistan
army to target the BSF and infiltrate into the Indian territory.
Taking no chance, the BSF was taking all steps to counter infiltration
attempts by the militants on the IB. Confirming presence of militants
especially those of LeT outfit on Pakistan side of IB opposite
Arnia sector, sources said unprovoked mortar shelling and firing
by the Pakistani Rangers on the BSF posts and civilian areas was
also aimed at diverting attention of the troopers and civilians
to push the armed infiltrators into this side. However, they added
that the BSF while countering shelling and firing was also keeping
strict vigil on the "unwanted movements" to ensure that the militants
didn't manage to intrude taking cover of Rangers' provocations.
No militant is ready to become 'chief' of the
LeT terror outfit in Jammu and Kashmir after the killing of Pakistani
terrorist Abu Ismail in an encounter last week, said J&K DGP S
P Vaid. "I heard there is a vacancy for the commander's post in
Lashkar, but no one is ready to apply," Vaid said while replying
to a question about the recruitment of a new LeT 'chief' in the
Valley. He urged local militants to renounce the path of violence
and join the mainstream. "Be it elders, religious leaders, parents
or political leaders, I appeal to all to help children distinguish
between the good and bad. One must tread upon the right path and
fulfil the mission of life. Bloodshed won't yield anything," he
Vaid said the J&K Police have recently rescued
60 youths from militancy and counselled them. "We're counselling
out of militancy all those boys whose cases are brought to our
notice. They are our kids and we don't want them to go the wrong
way," said the DGP, adding that there are clear instructions to
the SFs to give a chance to those militants who are ready to surrender.
Attempts are being made to bring the youths back into the mainstream.
Security personnel are trying to engage them so that they remain
away from drugs and militancy, said Vaid.
Sainik Colony office / Jammu District
The NIA arrested two LeT militants, who were close
associates of dreaded Pakistani militant Bahadur Ali, and had
been helping LeT cadres to infiltrate into the Indian territory
from the LoC in Baramulla and Kupwara Districts. The two militants,
identified as Zahoor Ahmad Peer and Nazir Ahmad Peer were on NIA
radar for helping Bahadur Ali and other cadre of the LeT outfit
but since their full identity and address was not known to Ali,
the NIA had to work a lot to identify and arrest them. Sources
said that both the militants were called for interrogation by
the NIA officers at their Sainik Colony office in Jammu District
and immediately taken into custody as they turned out to be the
same persons, who had figured in the interrogation of Bahadur
Ali. The NIA is expected to shift both the militants to New Delhi
on September 20 for detailed interrogation after taking their
transit remand from a Court in Jammu.
Hajin area / Bandipora District
Two Army personnel and two LeT militants were
killed while three SFs personnel were injured in an encounter
between SFs and militants at Hajin area of Bandipora District.
The slain LeT militants were identified as Ali Bhai and Nasrullah.
"Terrorists opened fire on a joint party of 13 RR of Army and
SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police laying siege to Rakh (Paribal)
area of Hajin today morning following inputs about the presence
of about eight terrorists in the area," Defence spokesperson based
in Srinagar said. "As the forces were closing in, the hiding terrorists
fired upon them around 5 am, resulting in injuries to jawans.
Two Garud personnel were martyred in the action. They were operating
with the Army for operational experience and training," he said,
adding, "Two terrorists were also gunned down and their weapons
Litter village / Pulwama District
Two LeT militants, including its 'district commander',
Waseem Ahmad Shah alias Abu Usama Bhai and his associate
Nisar Ahmad Mir were killed in an encounter, while a civilian
was killed in the clashes that followed in Litter village in Pulwama
District. According to sources, SFs cordoned off Litter village
in after inputs about the presence of militants in the village.
The militants were hiding in the house of former militant Pintu
Malik and when the SFs encircled the house, the holed up militants
opened fire on the SFs resulting in an encounter lasted for over
an hour in which two militants were killed.
A J&K Police Constable, identified as Isfaq Ahmad
Dar is suspected to have joined the militant LeT in what could
be the third such switch by a security personnel in the Valley
this year. Police ordered a probe after Isfaq Ahmad Dar, last
week announced on social media that he has joined the LeT, a Pakistan-based
militant outfit blamed for several terror attacks in India. A
photograph of Dar holding an AK-47 assault rifle was also widely
circulated on social media and messaging apps in the Valley over
the past few days. "There are reports we are trying to confirm.
The matter is being investigated," State Police chief SP Vaid
said on October 28. He added that police are yet trying to "know
||Handwara / Kupwara District
SFs launched an operation against top LeT 'commander'
Abu Maaz in Handwara in Kupwara District. SoG of Handwara Police
and 21 RR of Army in the evening cordoned off Harnipora Shailhall
in Handwara after reports that Abu Maaz was present in the area.
However, the operation was later called off as he was not found
in the village.
||Lazibal /Anantnag District
At least five CRPF personnel were injured in a
militant attack on the vehicle of SFs in Anantnag District. Militants
opened fire on the vehicle of the 96 Battalion CRPF at Lazibal
in Anantnag District at 8.30 am, a Police official said. He said
three CRPF jawans (troopers) received bullet injuries while two
others were injured after getting hit by broken glass panes of
the vehicle. An operation has been launched to track down the
assailants. LeT militant outfit has claimed responsibility of
||Gulmarg sector / Baramulla
Army's 19 Mahar posted at Asha Post in Gulmarg
sector during searches of forest area at Kuthyali Dokh in Drung
area of Tangmarg busted a militant hideout and recovered huge
cache of arms and ammunition. The recovery included one AK 47
rifle, 147 rounds of AK ammunition, one Pistol, three hand grenades,
six Wireless sets, one UBGL thrower, one UBGL, one MLG round,
one stamp of Jammu and Kashmir LeT unit, stamp of District 'commander'
LeT, one solar panel and one walki talki.
Shopian Police have identified the killers of
Gowhar Ahmad Bhat, President of BJYM, youth wing of the ruling
BJP, who was killed in Shopian District on November 2, as Hamas,
resident of Pakistan, Umer Nazir, resident of Malikgund and affiliated
to the LeT, Ishfaq Thoker, resident of Paderpora and Zubair Turay,
resident of Shopian and affiliated to the HM. Police have announced
cash reward for the persons whose information will lead to their
arrest or killing.