Three LeT terrorists including Lateef Rather, were killed in an encounter with security forces in the Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Lateef Rather among three terrorists killed in Jammu & Kashmir
Three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists, including Lateef Rather, were killed in an encounter with security forces in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, police said.
“All the three hiding LeT terrorists neutralised. Bodies are being retrieved from the site, identification is yet to be ascertained. Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition were recovered. A big success for us,” Additional Director General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar said.
According to Kashmir Zone Police, Lateef was involved in several civilian killings, including Rahul Bhat & Amreen Bhat.
#BudgamEncounterUpdate: 03 #terrorists of #terror outfit LeT(TRF) including terrorist Lateef Rather trapped in ongoing #encounter. Terrorist Lateef is involved in several #civilian #killings including Rahul Bhat & Amreen Bhat: ADGP Kashmir@JmuKmrPolice https://t.co/lMowJOEuYv
— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) August 9, 2022
Lateef Rather has been active in Kashmir for the last 10 years, senior police officer Vijay Kumar told India Today TV. Rather was involved in the biggest terror attack on the Indian Army in 2012 in which eight soldiers were killed on the Srinagar highway, Kumar added.
In May, terrorists fired at and killed Kashmiri Pandit Rahul Bhat, an employee of the revenue department, in Budgam. After the incident, members of the Kashmiri Pandit community took to the streets in protest. Two terrorists involved in the attack on Kashmiri Pandit Rahul Bhat were killed in the encounter later.
Kashmiri TV actor Amreen Bhat was killed by unidentified terrorists in Budgam’s Chadoora area on May 26.
On Sunday, a ‘hybrid’ terrorist of the proscribed terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was arrested by the Indian Army’s 34 RR unit in the Budgam area. The officials also seized incriminating materials which include 5 pistols, 5 magazines, 50 rounds and two hand grenades from him, ANI said in a report.
On August 5, a soldier was injured after an encounter broke out in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam area. Two terrorists escaped from the scene while one person was trapped after he was injured.
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