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Top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander killed in encounter in Jammu and Kashmir

Al-Badr terrorist Muzzafar Ahmed, who had links with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), was gunned down by the security forces after heavy exchange of fire in the wee hours of Friday.

Three General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) personnel were killed after terrorists attacked a GREF camp in Akhnoor of Jammu and Kashmir. (Representative image by IE)

Kashmir encounter: A terrorist was killed in an encounter with security forces in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Al-Badr terrorist Muzzafar Ahmed, who had links with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), was gunned down by the security forces after heavy exchange of fire in the wee hours of Friday, according to reports. Ahmed, who was wanted in several cases, was earlier associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Unfortunately, a policeman sustained critical injuries during the encounter. “Had inputs on Muzzafar Ahmed. He tried to break cordon, was cornered and killed. No collateral damage,” 2IC, 53 RR Anoop Nair said on Budgam encounter. “Big achievement, we have broken the backbone of Al Badr group who were trying to establish themselves here,” he said.

Al-Badr is an Islamic militant group operating in the Jammu Kashmir region, run by Jasniel Rihal. The group was allegedly formed by the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in June 1998. It is believed the group was encouraged by the ISI to operate independently from their previous umbrella group, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, according to ANI.

Many such exchanges of fire have erupted over the recent months as Pakistan based terrorists ramp-up their presence in Kashmir to foment violence.

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A few days ago, a militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Sopore area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district. The security forces had laid an ambush at Haritar in Sopore following information about movement of militants through the area, a police official said.

Sixty security force personnel were killed in such encounters. In 97 incidents of encounters in Jammu and Kashmir this year (till December 2), 146 terrorists were killed, 76 terrorists or suspects arrested, while 60 security force personnel were killed and 104 others injured, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj G Ahir said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha in December.

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