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LeT commander killed in Kulgam gunfight

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Srinagar: An LeT commander was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Monday, police said.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Gurwatan Aharbal belt of Damhal Hanjipora in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district following inputs about the presence of militants there, a police official said.

As the forces were conducting searches in the area, they were fired upon which was retaliated. “The forces retaliated, ensuing an encounter in which one terrorist was killed,” the official added.

Quoting a senior police officer, news agency  KNO reported that the slain militant was identified as LeT commander Amir Ahmad Mir from Chaki Choland Shopain ,who was active since 2017.

Police said the operation in the area was still on while this report was being written.

Meanwhile, according to the news agency, in this month (July) so far, 27 militants have been killed in 13 encounters with the security forces.

Of the 13 encounters, four were reported in Kulgam district, three in Pulwama and one each in Anantnag, Srinagar, Kupwara, Bandipora, Baramulla and Shopian districts.

Notably, 27 killed militants include eight top commanders — Neeshaz Lone of Tral Pulwama; Aarif Hajam of Sadoora, Anantnag; Ishfaq Ahmad Dar from Heff Shopian; Aijaz alias Abu Huraira, a non-local; Fayaz War of Sopore; Sharik Baba of Bandipora, and Aamir Mir of Check-i-Choland Shopian —  who were associated with LeT,  and Mehrajudin Halwai of Kupwara, who was associated with Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.

Cop injured in militant attack in Baramulla 

A police constable was injured on Monday in a militant attack on the residence of a protected person in Baramulla district of north Kashmir, officials said.

“Terrorists fired upon the residence of Fazal Ahmad at Chandoosa in Baramulla in the early hours of Monday,” the officials said.

One personal security guard of the politician identified as constable Altaf was injured in the firing, the officials said.

He was taken to a hospital where his condition is stated to be stable.

Ahmad, brother of former deputy chief minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig, and his family were safe, they said.

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