Top Lashkar commander, who deserted J&K Police 4 years ago, killed in Shopian

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Srinagar: Lashkar-e-Taiba’s top commander, who had deserted Jammu and Kashmir Police nearly four years ago, was among the two terrorists killed during an overnight encounter in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said.

With this, the number of local terrorists killed in Kashmir during the last two days has risen to four as two terrorists were killed in Srinagar in a similar operation.

Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said that Ishfaq Dar alias Abu Akram was one of the top LeT terrorists active in the region since 2017. He was neutralized in the joint operation being carried out by the Police, Army and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

The joint operation was launched at Check Sadiq Khan area of Shopian after the security forces got a tipoff about the presence of terrorists there. It soon turned into an encounter in which two terrorists were killed. “The operation is still in progress,” a senior police officer said.

Ishfaq Dar alias Abu Akram was a former Jammu and Kashmir cop who deserted the ranks in 2017.

On Friday, two terrorists believed to be involved in the killings of policemen and civilians in Srinagar were neutralized by security forces at Alamdar Colony in Danmar area of Srinagar.

IG Kumar said that 81 terrorists have been killed in Kashmir since January this year.