Two militants, including top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Junaid Mattoo, were killed and one apprehended in a gun battle with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district. The operation was carried out by a joint team of the Army, Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF for more than 8 hours on Friday.
Army initiated the anti-terror operation early morning in Arwani village after receiving tip off about three Lashkar militants hiding inside a house in the village.
One civilian was killed and six were injured in a clash with security forces. A senior police officer told NDTV that security forces had to open fire on approaching crowd to prevent people from disrupting the operation.
Mattoo was believed to be active for the last two years and was involved in several attacks on security forces in south Kashmir. He was in the list of Army’s most wanted terrorists in Kashmir since he shot dead two policemen in broad day light at the busy Anantnag bus stand in June 2016. Mattoo’s involvement is also suspected in the killing of a policeman in Kulgam area of South Kashmir on Thursday afternoon.
Mattoo carried a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head.
Meanwhile, mobile internet service has been suspended across Kashmir to prevent escalation of protests after Friday prayers.