Kupwara: A top Lashkar-e Taiba commander named Haider from Pakistan has been killed in Handwara encounter, the fierce encounter that took place on Sunday.
An Army Colonel and a Major were among five security personnel martyred in an encounter with terrorists at a village in north Kashmir’s Handwara area.
The commander who has been killed is being tipped as top LeT man — Haider — who hails from Pakistan.
As per reports, Haider had infiltrated to India in 2017 and was active since. He was involved in many attacks and had also managed to escape from encounter sites multiple times. He was handling terror activity of North Kashmir.
According to an official statement, acting on the intelligence input that terrorists had taken civilian as a hostage in a house in Changimul, Handwara of Kupwara district, a joint operation was launched by Army and JK Police.
A team comprising of five Army and JK Police personnel entered the target area occupied by the terrorists to evacuate the civilians and extricated the civilians, the statement said.
Two terrorists were eliminated and the team of five Security Forces Personnel comprising of two Army officers, two Army soldiers and one JK Police Sub Inspector attained martyrdom.