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Three militants headed by Basit were engaged in brief encounter at Soura: IGP Kashmir


SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir police has said that the militants who were engaged in a brief shootout at Soura on Tuesday afternoon have been identified and are being tracked.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the wreath-laying ceremony of slain cop Amir Hussain, who was PSO to SDPO Kothibagh, the IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that police had information about the movement of three Lashkar-e-Toiba militants.

He added, “A Quick Reaction Team (QRT) of police was following the three militants who were travelling in a red colour vehicle. They were engaged in a brief shoot-out at Soura in which police mean sustained injury who later succumbed,” he said. The IGP said that the trio was headed by one Basit, who has taken over LeT’s command after Mehran’s killing. “Two others have also been identified. They are being tracked down,” he said.

Asked whether the same group was involved in the recent killings in South Kashmir areas, he said it seems the same group is involved—(KNO)


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