A Lashkar-e-Taiba militant was slain in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Friday, police said.
A cordon-and-search operation was launched at Rakhama village in the district in the morning following information about the presence of militants in the area, a police spokesperson said.
“During the search operation, as the presence of the militant was ascertained, he was given an opportunity to surrender. He instead fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated, leading to an encounter,” he said.
In the ensuing gunfight, Mujeeb Lone of Redwani Bala Kulgam, was killed, and his body was retrieved from the site of the encounter, the spokesman said.
As per police records, he had joined the militant fold 20 days ago and was linked with LeT, he said.
Meanwhile, a police official said that this year so far, 113 militants have been killed in Kashmir. The figure includes those killed along the LoC who were trying to sneak into this side.
As per officials, July this year, was the deadliest month as 31 militants mainly from LeT were killed in the month alone. “Three militants were killed in January, followed by 5 on February, 11 on March, 17 on April, 11 on May, 11 in June, 31 militants on July, 16 in August, and 8 in September,” the officials said.