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PHOTOS: Two suspected LeT terrorists killed in 20-hour gunbattle

April 14, 2014 19:51 IST

PHOTOS: Two suspected LeT terrorists killed in 20-hour gunbattle

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Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar

Two suspected Lashker-e-Tayiba terrorists were killed and two policemen injured in a nearly 20-hour-long gunbattle in a locality in the outskirts of the city here which ended on Monday evening.

"The encounter at Ahmadnagar locality of Buchpora ended with the killing of both the terrorists holed up in a residential house," a police officer said. “The slain terrorists have been identified as Abu Huzaifa and Chota Hafiz of the LeT. One policeman was also injured,” he said.

He said charred bodies of both the terrorists were recovered along with two AK rifles and some ammunition from the house which had caught fire.

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Image: Security personnel take position where the terrorists were holed up.
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The officer said the slain ultras were believed to be members of LeT and efforts were on to establish their identity. The gunbattle had started on Sunday evening when the police, assisted by security forces, launched a search operation following specific information about presence of terrorists in the house.

A policeman was injured in the initial gunbattle but the operation to neutralise the militants was suspended to ensure safety of civilians, including a couple in whose house the terrorists had taken shelter, the officer said.

After night-long lull, the encounter resumed on Sunday morning after the ultras let go the house owner Abdul Majid Rangrez and his wife trapped with them, he said.

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Image: Security personnel take cover during the gunbattle
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The officer said the holed up terrorists refused to surrender and continued intermittent firing on the security forces during which another policeman was injured on Monday.

A policeman was injured in the initial gunbattle but the operation to neutralise the militants was suspended to ensure safety of civilians, including a couple in whose house the terrorists had taken shelter, the officer said.

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Image: Cops investigate the house where the terrorists were holding up after the gunbattle.
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After a night-long lull, the encounter resumed on Sunday morning after the ultras let go the house owner Abdul Majid Rangrez and his wife trapped with them, he said. The officer said the holed up terrorists refused to surrender and continued intermittent firing on the security forces during which another policeman was injured on Monday.

The security forces tightened the cordon around the house while evacuating civilians from adjacent houses.

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Image: Flames rise from the house where the terrorists were holed up during the gunbattle.
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They moved cautiously to avoid any collateral damage since Rangrez and his wife were inside the house, the officer said, adding the militants let go the couple -- first the wife and couple of hours later the house owner. The security forces then launched the assault to neutalise them.

This was the second major encounter in the valley in as many days. Two unidentified terrorists and two policemen were killed at Khrew in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Sunday in the first attack on election-related activities in Jammu and Kashmir since the schedule for Lok Sabha polls was announced last month.


Image: An injured policeman being rushed to the hospital
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