Atop Lashkar-e-Taiba commander and a Pakistani terrorist were gunned down by security forces during an encounter in Parimpora area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar district, police said. Several incriminating materials, including two AK-47 rifles and ammunition, were recovered from the site

The LeT commander, Nadeem Abrar, was involved in several killings of security forces and civilians at Malhoora site, said IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar, while adding that the Pakistani terrorist who was killed in the encounter was Abrar’s associate.

According to Jammu and Kashmir Police, there was a specific input about terrorists carrying out an attack on a highway. Keeping in view the seriousness of the input, a few joint nakas of Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were placed along the highway.

In Parimpora naka, a vehicle was stopped and their identity was asked. The person sitting in the back seat tried to open his bag and took out a grenade. Security forces swiftly swung into action and grabbed the person sitting in the back seat, police added. Both the driver and the person were taken to a police station. Later, it was identified that the person who took off his mask was LeT commander Nadeem Abrar.

Following this, Abrar was jointly questioned by JKP, CRPF and the Army. A pistol and hand grenades were recovered from his possession. On sustained interrogation, he disclosed that he had kept his AK-47 rifle in a house located at Maloora. He was then taken to the house to recover the weapon, police said.

As the party was entering the house to recover the weapon, his Pakistani terrorist associate, about whom Abrar didn’t disclose anything, and who was hiding inside the house, fired on the party.

In the initial gun battle, three CRPF personnel got injured and Abrar, accompanying the search party, got hit. The injured personnel were evacuated and the rest of the party took position and called for reinforcement, according to police.

The cordon of the target house was strengthened by Jammu and Kashmir Police, CRPF and the Army. In the ensuing gunfire, the Pakistani terrorist who fired from inside the house got neutralised and Abrar was also killed.

An assistant commandant, sub-inspector and a constable were among the three CRPF personnel who were injured during the encounter. The assistant commandant has been shifted to an army hospital as he suffered critical injuries.

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