IN­DIA

One of the ter­ror­ists was the chief as­sas­sin, no­to­ri­ous for slit­ting throats of his vic­tims

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Forces kill 2 Pak­istani LeT com­man­ders in J&K, in­clud­ing a chief as­sas­sin dreaded for slit­ting throats with meat cleavers

Sri­na­gar: Se­cu­rity forces dealt a ma­jor blow to Lashkare-Toiba on Thurs­day when they killed two of its top Pak­istani com­man­ders, in­clud­ing the chief as­sas­sin — dreaded for slit­ting throats with meat cleavers — in the Ha­jin area of North Kash­mir’s Bandi­pora dis­trict.

Else­where, Jammu and Kash­mir Po­lice de­tained the fa­ther of Hizbul Mu­jahideen chief op­er­a­tions com­man­der Riyaz Naikoo and rel­a­tives of other mil­i­tants for ques­tion­ing in South Kash­mir dis­trict of Pul­wama.

The po­lice said that based on cred­i­ble in­puts about the pres­ence of ter­ror­ists at Par Mo­halla in Ha­jin, a joint op­er­a­tion was launched by po­lice and se­cu­rity forces in the early hours of Thurs­day.

“Dur­ing the searches, ter­ror­ists fired on the search party, which was re­tal­i­ated. In the en­su­ing en­counter, two ter­ror­ists were elim­i­nated. Huge quan­tity of arms and am­mu­ni­tion in­clud­ing ri­fles, mag­a­zines, pouches, etc along with other in­crim­i­nat­ing ma­te­rial was re­cov­ered from the site of the en­counter,” said a po­lice spokesman.

Po­lice said the slain ter­ror­ists were iden­ti­fied as Rizwan alias Jin­daal and Ali alias Maaz — both Pak­istani na­tion­als of Lashkar-e-Toiba. Po­lice said the duo was in­volved in sev­eral at­tacks on se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ments and civil­ian atroc­i­ties in the area.

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice, Bandi­pora, Sheikh Zul­fikar Azad, told DNA that Maaz was the chief as­sas­sin be­hind slit­ting of the throats of lo­cal peo­ple. “He was in­volved in six in­ci­dents this

year. Of th­ese, he had slit throats in four in­ci­dents and in the other two, he had opened fire. It is a big suc­cess for the se­cu­rity forces,” he said.

Sources added that the 24-year-old Maaz was ap­pointed

com­man­der of Ha­jin in Novem­ber 2017 af­ter se­cu­rity forces elim­i­nated six top Pak­istani com­man­ders in­clud­ing Obaid — the nephew of Mum­bai at­tack mas­ter­mind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.

—PTI

Army sol­diers take po­si­tions near the site of en­counter at Parra Mo­halla, Ha­jin in Bandi­pora dis­trict of north Kash­mir on Thurs­day

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