Srinagar: Top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Junaid Mattoo and his accomplice Muzamil are said to have been killed in an encounter with security forces in in Arwani village of Bijbihara in Anantnag District of south Kashmir on Friday.
Mattoo, who was involved in several attacks on security forces in south Kashmir, and two other terrorists were gunned down in a joint operation involving the Army, Special Operations Group (SOG) and the CRPF. The three were hiding inside a house in Anantnag’s Arwani village.
Three weapons, including AK 47 guns, and six magazines were also recovered from their possession.
Two civilians, one of them a teenager, were killed after security forces opened fire at a crowd marching towards the encounter site. Police said crowd threw stones and tried to break the security cordon.
On Friday, a cordon and search operation was started at the Arwani village after security forces received intelligence inputs about the presence of suspected terrorists in the area.
Lashkar has claimed responsibility for the attack, which is being seen as retaliation to a day-long encounter that killed Mattoo.