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Longest surviving Lashkar commander slain, three soldiers injured in Baramulla encounter

A Lashkar-e-Taiba commander was killed while three soldiers were injured in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Thursday, police said.

Based on specific inputs about the presence of militants in Malwah area of Baramulla in north Kashmir, forces launched a cordon-and-search operation there, a police official said.

The search operation turned into an encounter after the militants fired upon the forces, who retaliated.

“In the initial exchange of fire, 03 #soldiers received minor injuries. #Operation in progress. Further details shall follow,” Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said on Twitter.

In the ensuing gunfight, one LeT militant was killed, the official said.

Arms and ammunition have been recovered, the official said, adding the operation is in progress.

Officials identified the slain militant as Yusuf Kantroo who was the longest-serving rebel in Kashmir.

Kantroo was associated with militancy since 2000 and had recycled twice during more than two decades. He was active since 2017, the IGP added.

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