3 terrorists killed in Budgam encounter


Aasif Suhaf, Srinagar: Three Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists, including noted TRF commander Lateef Rather, were killed in an encounter in Waterhail area of ​​Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, officials said.

The Resistance Front (TRF) is an offshoot of the Pakistan-backed Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist group.

Additional Superintendent of Police (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar told News24 that Lateef Rather Alias ​​Osama was one of the three Lett terrorists killed in Budgam today.

“Lateef Rather was directly involved in the killing of Kashmiri Pandit Rahul Bhat, social media influencer Ambree bhat and several other civilians, justice has been served,” Vijay Kumar said.

Briefing about the operation, ADGP Vijay Kumar said that “forces got technical information about TRF terrorists hiding in budgam yesterday after verification was going on in the ground and all three LeT terrorists including Lateef were killed.”

The ADGP said that Lateef was rather a recycled terrorist and the right-hand man of Pakistani terrorist Abu Qasim, who was involved in the Hyderpora attack in which eight soldiers were martyred.

“Lateef Rather was active since 2001 and classified as an A++ terrorist affiliated with LeT, he was actively involved in the recent killing of civilians including Rahul Bhat’s in Budgam area and was planning new killings but forces managed to neutralize him in an anti-terror operation today.. With the killing of Leteef, all the terrorists who were responsible for the target killings in the last two years have been neutralized except for one who is still active, Vijay Kumar said.

Rahul Bhat (35), who had got a civil servant job under the Special Immigrant Jobs Package 2012-11, was shot dead in his office in Chadoora area of ​​central Kashmir’s Budgam district on May 12 this year. Social activist Amreen Bhat was shot dead in his residence in Hishroo Chadoora village on May 25 this year.

ADGP Vijay Kumar further said that around 130 terrorists are currently operating in the Kashmir Valley, of which 80 are local and 45-50 are foreign terrorists. He said that this year the forces have successfully neutralized 130 terrorists and two terrorist guides, of which about 35 percent were hybrid terrorists.

“Pistols recovered from hybrid terrorists in Kashmir were mostly Turkish, but the overall force has succeeded in dismantling the modus operandi of the hybrid terrorists and they are no longer a challenge to the forces,” ADGP Vijay Kumar said.

Two more terrorists killed today in Budgam operation have been identified as Saqib Khan and Muzaffar Chopani from Kanmoh area of ​​Srinagar and Muzaffar had joined the terrorists just a few days ago on 2nd August 2022. Two Ak47 rifles and one pistol have been recovered from the encounter area. .

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