Three Lashker-e-Taiba terrorists, including two Pakistani nationals, allegedly responsible for carrying out an attack on Amarnath pilgrims in July this year, were killed in an encounter in South Kashmir on Dec 5.
One terrorist who had managed to flee from the encounter site was also arrested by the police from a hospital in Anantnag district of South Kashmir, according to police.
The encounter took place on the afternoon of Monday, December 4, when the terrorists opened fire on an Army convoy that was on its way to Srinagar, at Qazugund on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. One soldier was killed in the attack while another sustained injuries.
The security forces cordoned off the area and launched a hunt for the terrorists. The search operation turned into an encounter with terrorists which ended at 2 am on the morning of Tuesday, December 5, the police said.
The police identified the dead terrorists as Yawar Basir, who is a local terrorist, Abu Furqan and Abu Maviya (both foreign terrorists). Basir, hailing from Habiash of Kulgam, joined ranks with Lashker-e-Taiba this year in February after snatching weapon from a policeman.
Furqan had taken over as the head of Lashker-e-Taiba in South Kashmir after the death of Abu Ismail, who had led the attack on Amarnath pilgrims in July this year.
Police said that all the trio were part of the squad that carried out the attack on yatris on July 10. Eight pilgrims were killed and 19 others injured.