World Media

Pulwama encounter: Top LeT terrorist Ayub Lelhari gunned down

Pulwama encounter: Top LeT terrorist Ayub Lelhari gunned down

In a major success for the Army in the Valley, the self-styled district commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Ayub Lelhari, was on Wednesday gunned down in an encounter at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir. "It's a great success for the forces", said SP Vaid, DGP J&K.

Kashmir has been witnessing vigorous anti-insurgency operations by security forces in the past few months, particularly after increase in militant activities following the killing of the Hizb commander Burhan Wani in July a year ago.

"Ayub Lalhari was the district commander of the LeT and one of the most wanted terrorists", said a defence spokesman in Pulwama.

Dallas Mayor Orders Confederate Statue Review
The rally turned deadly when a auto rammed into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring 19 other people. He said he and about a dozen others looked on as the crew worked.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

The firing is underway and the area has been cordoned off, as it is believed that around two to three terrorists have been trapped.

The driver of the vehicle has been arrested.

Trump Again Says Both Sides Caused Charlottesville Violence
You can call it murder. "Not all of those people are neo Nazis, not all of those people are white supremacists, by any stretch". I'm not finished, fake news". " You had a group on one side and a group on the other... it was a disgusting thing to watch".

"When the vehicle in which Ayub Lelhari was traveling, was signaled to stop, it tried to jump the check post, after which the LeT commander started firing at the security forces", the police said. Read Also: Kashmir terror funding: NIA conducts 12 more raids including Zahoor Watali's premises Two Special Operation Group of Jammu and Kashmir policemen were also injured in the encounter. Police has recovered one AK-47 from the encounter site.

Lelhari had been active in south Kashmir areas and had recently been designated as district commander by the LeT outfit. He was category "A" terrorist and carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head. However, within few minutes, the forces were able to gun down Lelhari.

Terror funding case: NIA conducts searches at 12 locations in J&K
Official sources said that evidences have been found against Watali, Rishi and Nabi about their involvement in the terror funding. The NIA had earlier arrested second ring leadership of Hurriyat including Syed Ali Shah Geelani's son in law, Altaf Fantosh.