SRINAGAR: A major gun battle in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag ended today after security forces killed two terrorists including Lashkar commander Bashir Lashkari. Two civilians also died while two others were injured in the crossfire between security forces and terrorists who were holed up inside a house in the area, confirmed Jammu and Kashmir Inspector General Munir Khan.
"17 people have been evacuated from the house," he said. Arms and ammunition have been recovered from their possession.
The police said that security forces were attacked when they launched an operation in Batpora village after a tip-off that at least two terrorists were hiding in a house. In the crossfiring, a woman, Tahira Begum, 44, and 21-year-old Shadab Ahmad Chopan sustained injuries during the encounter and were rushed to the district hospital, but they could not be saved, a senior officer said.
An officer said the search operation turned into an encounter after the terrorists used residents as human shields and opened fire on security forces. Clashes erupted and incidents of stone throwing were also reported in the area.
Bashir Lashkari, a top Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist, was believed to be the behind the killing of officer Feroz Ahmed Dar and five other cops. Mr Dar and five other policemen were killed on Friday in a gruesome ambush in Achabal in Anantnag district by terrorists who tried to disfigure their faces before walking away with their weapons.
(With inputs from agencies)