2 Lashkar killed in Kashmir’s Budgam encounter: Police

Srinagar: Security forces shot dead two local militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT) in a brief encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district on Tuesday morning, police said.
The duo had escaped from an encounter site at Rudbugh Budgam on Sunday.
Police said the encounter took place at a joint checkpoint which was established near Court crossing Budgam.
“Acting on specific input regarding movement of terrorists a joint Naka of Police and Army (62RR) was established…. During area domination, the joint party signalled a suspected vehicle (sumo) to stop however, the terrorists onboard jumped from the vehicle and started firing indiscriminately on the joint party which was retaliated effectively, leading to an encounter. During the brief shoot-out, two terrorists linked with the proscribed terrorist outfit LeT were neutralized,” a police spokesman said.
Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including an AK-47 rifle, a pistol were recovered from the site of encounter, he added.
The slain terrorists were identified as Arbaaz Ahmad Mir, a resident of Putrigam Rajpora and Shahid Ahmad Sheikh a resident of Kisrigam Kakapora.
“As per police records, both the killed terrorists were categorized terrorists and part of groups involved in several terror crime cases. It is pertinent to mention that both the terrorists escaped earlier from the recent encounter in Budgam. They were tasked to carry out some sensational terror incident in Budgam district ahead of forthcoming Republic Day,” the spokesman said.
J&K Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh said the duo were moving towards Srinagar district and the reasons behind their movement would be investigated.
“They left from their old hideout and were in search of the new one,” Singh said.
Army said security forces exercised complete restrain during the operation.

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