Two Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists, Bashir Lashkari and Azad Malik, were gunned down by security forces after they were trapped in a cordon in Brenti village in Anantnag district. Lashkari was involved in the killing of an SHO and five other policemen in Achabal area of south Kashmir on June 16. The terrorists were reported to be using civilians as human shields during the hours-long encounter that began in the morning. However, all of them were rescued before the final assault began on the terrorists.
“The encounter is over,” Director General of Police SP Vaid told PTI.
Two civilians, 44-year-old Tahira and 21-year-old Shadab Ahmad Chopan, were also killed during the operation in Brenti-Batpora village in Dialgam area of the district, police said.
While Tahira died after being caught in crossfire between security forces and terrorists holed up inside a house, Chopan was killed during clashes with security forces near the site of the encounter. He had firearm injuries on his face and was admitted to the SKIMS hospital in Srinagar where he was declared dead. Four other civilians were admitted to hospitals in the area.
(With PTI inputs)