LeT’s longest surviving commander killed in Baramulla: IGP Kashmir

SRINAGAR — A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant has been killed in Baramulla gunfight, who has been identified by the police as the outfit’s commander and the longest surviving militant Mohammad Yousuf Kantroo.

“Top LeT (militant) Commander Yousuf Kantroo killed in Baramulla encounter. He was involved in several killings of civilians & SFs personnel including recent killing of JKP’s SPO & his brother, one soldier and one civilian in Budgam district,” IGP Kashmir said in a tweet. “A big success for us,” he added.

IGP Kashmir told GNS that Kantroo was associated with militancy since 2000 and had recycled twice during more than two decades. “He was active since 2017,” the IGP added.

The encounter in Malwah area of the district had ensued after a joint team of police and the Army launched a cordon-and-search operation regarding the presence of the militants.

Four soldiers, a cop and a civilian were injured during the encounter, police said.

A police officer told GNS all the injured including four soldiers and a policeman, constable Basharat Ahmad, have been hospitalized.

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