LeT terrorist responsible for injuring 30-months old girl in Sopore, shot dead in encounter


NEW DELHI: Security forces on Wednesday killed a top-ranking LeT terrorist Asif in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore.

The terrorist was responsible for recent shootout and injuries to three family members of a fruit trader in the town, earlier this week. The injured also included a young girl Asma Jan. He was also responsible for shooting at a migrant labour Shafi Alam in Sopore.

The young girl was among four injured in the attack. She was later shifted to Delhi’s AIIMS hospital on the orders of NSA chief Ajit Doval after her situation was reported to be critical.

“LeT’s Asif had created a lot of terror in Sopore. Over the last one month he was very active. He made use of Over Ground Workers to print posters threatening civilians not to open shops and not to go for their day-to-day activities,” J&K DGP Dilbagh Singh said in a press conference shortly after the encounter.

Giving details of the encounter, Singh said that two police personnel were also injured after Asif lobbed grenades at the naka setup on receving “specific information.”

The encounter comes a day after security forces arrested eight Lashkar-e-Taiba “terrorist associates” from the area for allegedly circulating posters to locals to threaten and intimidate them at the behest of militants, police said on Tuesday.

Posters have come up in parts of Kashmir which give a message of “civil curfew” and ask people to enforce civil “disobedience”.


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