Srinagar: Three terrorists of Lashkar-e-Taiba were killed in an encounter with Jammu and Kashmir Police and security forces in Awantipora. The slain terrorists include Mukhtar Ahmed Bhat and Saqlain Mushtaq of Pulwama. The third terrorist Mushfiq was a resident of Pakistan.
Srinagar: On Wednesday, Three terrorists of Lashkar-e-Taiba were killed in an encounter with Jammu and Kashmir Police and security forces in Awantipora. The slain terrorists include Mukhtar Ahmed Bhat and Saqlain Mushtaq of Pulwama. The third terrorist Mushfiq was a resident of Pakistan. According to the Jammu and Kashmir Police, the three terrorists were planning a major terror attack around the national highway. An AK-74 rifle has been recovered from the terrorists.
The killing of Bhat is a big achievement for the security forces as he was involved in a series of killings including that of a Jammu and Kashmir policeman and Riyaz Ahmed Thoker. According to information, Mukhtar Ahmed Bhat was a hardcore commander of The Resistance Front affiliated to LeT. A resident of Pulwama, Bhat had gone missing when he left his home on April 18 on pretext of visiting his paternal aunt. Later on, investigations found that he joined TRF and was active around Pulwama.
Bhat was an overground worker of the TRF for many years before rising through the ranks to become the commander. He was also involved in radicalising the youth to take up arms against the country and conducted activities inimical to the security of the nation. Bhat who rose to the ranks of commander very soon was also involved in the attack on the two migrant labourers in Pulwama.
Bhat played an instrumental role in strengthening Lashkar-e-Toiba-TRF in Kakapora belt of Pulwama. He has been involved in acts of intimidation of Kashmiri Pandits, migrant labours and political activists in Pulwama, creating fear among the community. Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh said that the security forces have this year so far gunned down 40 terrorists from Pakistan in several operations carried out.
Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police said that the forces are attempting to locate and recover dozens of ready-made improvised explosive devices which have been used in the union territory by Pakistan’s agencies. Singh also said that the terrorists were tasked with targeting non-locals and those living in the UT for a long time. This was being done to provoke a violent reaction against Kashmiris living in other parts of the country.