Foreign LeT militant, who escaped from Shokbaba encounter killed in Bandipora: police

Police identified the slain militant as foreigner Babar Ali it said had escaped from July 24 encounter in Shokbaba forest area in Bandipora in which three militants were killed.
Foreign LeT militant, who escaped from Shokbaba encounter killed in Bandipora: police
Security forces near the site of an encounter with militants in Kashmir. [Photo for representation only].Mir Wasim/GK File

Srinagar Aug 3: A foreign LeT militant, who had escaped from an encounter site in Shokbaba forest area in Bandipora a week ago, was killed in a gunfight with security forces in Chandajji area of the north Kashmir district Tuesday morning, police said.

As per a police statement, today's encounter broke out early in the morning after a joint operation was launched by Police, 26 Assam Rifles & CRPF.

"During the search operation, the hiding terrorist fired upon the search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter. In the ensuing encounter, the hiding terrorist Babar Ali resident of Ugada district of Punjab Pakistan was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter, " police said in a statement.

Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including 01 AK-rifle, 02 AK-Magazines, 40 AK-rounds, 01 pouch, 01 wireless set and 01 medicine bag were recovered from the site of encounter, police said.

Babar, as per police, had managed to escape from July 24 encounter in Shokbaba forest area in which three LeT militants were killed including a local Sharik Altaf it said had ex-filtrated in the year 2018.

"Babar Ali had managed to escape from the said encounter site and was being continuously tracked rigorously thereafter. In furtherance of the tracking and after pinpointing his presence in Chandajji forest area today a joint operation was launched by Police, 26 Assam Rifles & CRPF in the said area, " police said.

IGP Kashmir congratulated joint team of Police and security forces for the operation "in a professional manner without any collateral damage".

In this connection, Police has registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated.

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