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J-K: Top JeM commander Khalid Ahmad killed in Ladoor encounter

Khalid Ahmad, who is a Pakistani national, had been operational in the area for last two to three years and was also instrumental in arranging recruits for the terror outfit, police said. 

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: October 10, 2017 6:49 am
Jaish-e-Mohammed, Khalid Ahmed, JeM commander killed, J&K encounter, Ladoora encounter, BSF camp attack, India news, Indian Express The slain militant Khalid Ahmad Plotted attack on BSF base near Srinagar airport. 

Top Jaish-e-Mohammed commander, Khalid Ahmed alias Khalid Bhai, was killed during an encounter in north Kashmir’s Ladoora village, security forces said Monday. Khalid, a resident of Pakistan, had been active in the region over the last seven years and was categorised as an “A++” militant, placing him in the most-wanted category, they said. J&K Police said that Khalid was the operational chief of JeM in north Kashmir but also took part in militant activities in the south.

DGP S P Vaid described the killing of Khalid as “a big breakthrough for the forces” as the the militant was “involved in many attacks” on security camps in north Kashmir, targeting policemen in particular. “He was killed in a joint operation by the J&K Police’s Special Operation Group, the local police, CRPF and the Army,” said Vaid.

Police said that Khalid, in his 20s, was killed in a gunbattle with security forces, who were engaged in a joint combing operation in Ladoora following a tip-off about the presence of militants in the area.

The militants opened fire at a patrol party and later hid inside a private property in the area, they said. After more troops were rushed to the spot to prevent the militants from escaping, an injured Khalid took refuge inside a house before being gunned down, said police.

SP Sopore Harmeet Mehta told The Indian Express that Khalid was active in Kashmir since 2009. “He was operating in north and south Kashmir, and was involved in the killing of civilians. He also planned fidayeen attacks in the Valley,’’ said Mehta.

Police said Khalid was also trying to recruit cadre for JeM and had a good network of “over ground workers”. They suspect that he was planning a “big attack” in north Kashmir. Police were also probing his role in the recent attacks by JeM on a BSF battalion headquarters near the high-security Srinagar airport and on the District Police Lines at Pulwama.

According to police, they had come close to nabbing Khalid last year when they zeroed in on his hideout in north Kashmir and even managed to seize his weapon. Security officials said Khalid used to receive fresh cadre from across the Line of Control (LoC) while on the move between Rafiabad, Handwara and Bandipore areas of north Kashmir.

Khalid is one of the senior-most militant commanders to be killed by security forces this year. Over a dozen top leaders of Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Toiba and JeM have been killed by security forces since January. Last month, one of the oldest surviving militants in the Valley, Abdul Qayoom Najar, was killed on the LoC in Uri.

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    Shafted mohammed
    Oct 10, 2017 at 10:00 am
    He was the eyes and ears , burhan was the heart and Abu du Jana was the of LET as he was using that part to make his followers. How can LET live now as all organs are dying.
    1. R
      Oct 10, 2017 at 8:33 am
      Kasmiri people are fed up with these killing and bandh calls that they want to get rid of terrorists killers womanisers out of kashmir it is a good development of that due to govt efforts the information has started flowing out from common kashmiri in seamless manner to security force or police to go ahead and eliminate these elements from kashmir.
      1. M
        Oct 10, 2017 at 7:31 am
        History of KASMIRI MUZZIES: Omar ABDULLAH son of Farouk ABDULLAH,-----Farouk ABDULLAH son of sheik ABDULLAH,-----sheik ABDULLAH son of ibrahim ABDULLAH,----ibrahim ABDULLAH son of KASHTRIYA Hindu Kashmiri pundit,-----RAGHAV RAM KAUL,----Omar ABDULLAH wife is a Hindu PAYAL NATH and Omar ABDULLAH sister ZARA ABDULLAH husband is a Hindu SACHIN PILOT son of RAJESH PILOT,---these abdulah's ancestroul root is a Hindu,---these abdulah's are traitors who became DESH DROHIS,---Jai hind.
        1. M
          Oct 10, 2017 at 7:29 am
          Kashmir is suffering because of Islam. Islam wants to expand every time by hook or crook. Look at Nigeria, Yemen , Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, even Philippines, India, Pakistan, Europe- wherever this third class cult is, everyone is suffering. They find suffering because Muslims make others suffer, Pandit's were driven out , what about that? Remove Islam and get peace, we must start referendum on banning Quran, Hadith and Sira. These hateful books need banning,----Jai hind.
          1. A
            akbar khan
            Oct 10, 2017 at 5:27 am
            Alhamdulill'ah! Almighty All'ah (S. A. W) has awarded the low-life scoundrel "Khalid" severe punishment. Terrorist "Khalid"'s death is only the beginning of his punishment He will burn in Hell. And so will all other Terrorists.
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