Top LeT militant killed in Kashmir encounter

Irshad Ghanie was wanted for killing of eight army men in Hyderpora in June 2013

Jammu: A top Lashker-e-Taiba militant, carrying a reward of R10 lakh on his head, was on Saturday killed in an encounter with police and Army in Pulwama district, marking a major success for the security forces.

Irshad Ghanie
Irshad Ghanie

The slain militant Irshad Ghanie, a resident of Kakapora of Pulwama in Srinagar, was wanted for killing of eight Army men in Hyderpora in June 2013.

Ghanie, a resident of Kakapora of Pulwama about 40 kms south of in Srinagar, had several other attacks on the army and police to his name, official sources said.

Listed as ‘A+’ category (most wanted) militant by the police, Irshad was killed in an encounter that broke out at village Begum Bagh in Kakapora area when police went there following a specific information about presence of some militants there, they said.

The gunbattle erupted when the hiding militants opened fire at the police. Soon, army was pressed into service and in the joint operation, Irshad was finally killed. Irshad, who hails from the same district, had been active since 2011.

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