A TOP Lashkar-e-Toiba commander was among two militants killed in an overnight encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said on Monday. Ishfaq Dar alias Abu Akram, was not only responsible for attacks on security forces, but also for civilian killings, they said. Acting on specific information about the presence of militants in the Check-i-Sidique Khan area of the south Kashmir district, security forces launched a cordon and search operation there at night, a police spokesman said.
During the operation, as the presence of militants got ascertained, they were given repeated opportunities to surrender, he said. The militants, however, fired indiscriminately on security forces’ personnel, which was retaliated, leading to an encounter, the spokesman said. In the encounter, two militants of the proscribed Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter, he said.