Two Pak LeT terrorists who killed Pandit in Budgam shot | India News

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NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR: A combined J&K police and army team on Friday shot and killed two Pakistani terrorists from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Kashmir’s Bandipora district, and officers said the two- there had killed Kashmiri employee Pandit Rahul Bhat at Chadoora in Budgam the previous day with the help of a local terrorist.
Kashmir IGP Vijay Kumar said the two men killed were identified as Faisal alias Sikander and Abu Ukasa. Kashmiri terrorist Lateef Rather alias Osama is on the run.
The two Pakistanis were with Gulshan Ahmad Ganai – a wanted terrorist from Baramulla – when he was killed in a shootout in the Salinder forests in Bandipora on May 11, a day before Bhat was targeted. Faisal and Ukasa managed to escape.
Sources said Faisal, Ukasa and Lateef killed three policemen in Bandipora in February this year. Police were tracking Lateef, a local LeT agent implicated in attacks in Srinagar and Budgam, over the past two months.
Lateef’s movement was confirmed a week ago in Salinder, where he had traveled to receive a freshly infiltrated group of Lashkar terrorists. An operation was therefore launched on May 11, resulting in the assassination of Ganai.
Two other foreign terrorists managed to escape, but J&K police tracked their presence in Chadoora at the time Bhat was killed. Their prints resurfaced in Brar in Bandipora on Friday, and an operation was launched by a police team and 13 Rashtriya Rifles. Police said the two men were cornered and killed as they tried to flee their hiding place by firing on the forces.
According to police records, 21 Pakistanis were among 77 terrorists killed since January this year, while last year’s tally was 168 in 87 shootings.
IGP Kumar said terrorists killed officer Riyaz Ahmad Thoker on Friday after he broke into his home in Pulwama and fired several bullets. An officer said Riyaz had become the latest victim of terrorists targeting off-duty cops – at home or while shopping. Two dozen cops had lost their lives in targeted killings since last year.



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