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Lashkar militant slain in Shopian encounter

A Lashkar-e-Taiba militant was killed in an encounter with the armed forces in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, police said.

Based on a specific input generated by police regarding the presence of militants in the Turkwangam area of Shopian, a cordon and search operation was launched by the forces, a police spokesman said.

As the search team proceeded towards the suspected spot, the hiding militant fired indiscriminately upon them which was retaliated effectively leading to an encounter, he said.

In the ensuing encounter, one militant was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of the encounter, the spokesman said.

He identified the slain ultra as Muneeb Ahmad Sheikh, a resident of Tak Mohalla Shopian. Sheikh was affiliated with the LeT.

“According to police records, the slain was…part of groups involved in several attacks on forces,” the spokesman said.

Incriminating materials, arms, and ammunition, including a Chinese pistol, a magazine, and five rounds, were recovered from the site of the encounter.

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