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Lashkar militant who managed to flee from Shokbaba encounter slain in Bandipora gunfight

A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant allegedly hailing from Pakistan was slain in an encounter with armed forces in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, police said.

Armed forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the Chandaji area of Bandipora in north Kashmir following inputs about the presence of militants there, a police official said.

He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militant fired upon the forces, who retaliated.

In the exchange of firing, one militant was killed, the official said.

He identified the slain as Babar Ali who had managed to escape from the Shokbaba encounter site on July 24.

Ali was allegedly a resident of Ugada district of Punjab in Pakistan and his body was retrieved from the site of the encounter.

Three militants of the LeT, including Sharik Altaf, were slain in the Shokbaba encounter.

However, the official said, Ali had managed to escape from the site and was being continuously tracked thereafter.

After pinpointing his presence in the Chandaji forest area on Tuesday, an operation was launched by the armed forces, the official said.

Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition, including an AK-rifle, two AK-Magazines, 40 AK-rounds, a pouch, a wireless set and a medicine bag were recovered from the site of the encounter, the official said.

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