Srinagar, August 16: LeT District Commander was killed in a brief gunfight with Police and security forces at Banderpora area of Koil village in Pulwama district.
Acting on a specific information regarding the movement of LeT District Commander Mohammad Ayoub Lone alias Habtullah/Ayoub Lelhari, Pulwama Police along with 55 RR, 182 & 183 Bn CRPF laid joint Nakas (check posts) and ambush were places at Banderpora, Drubgam and Chandgam areas. A vehicle in which the LeT commander was travelling was intercepted at Banderpora area of Koil village in the jurisdiction of Police Station Pulwama.
The militant tried to flee and fired upon the joint party which was retaliated in which the militant was killed. Meanwhile two Police personnel also sustained injuries during the gunfight, one among them has been shifted to Army’s 92 Base Hospital Badamibagh for further treatment. The condition of both Police personnel is stable. One AK 47 rifle, 03 magazines and 54 rounds were seized from the slain militant. Driver of the said vehicle was arrested.
Ayoub Lelhari had joined LeT militant outfit in 2015 and became very important operative of LeT. He was involved in number of terror offences including killing of civilians in Pulwama besides attack on security forces. He was involved in grenade attacks on Army camp and Police Post at Kakapora. He was also involved in killing of Sarpanch Fayaz Ahmad Kandizal.
His killing is a major success and it has weakened the terror network in Pulwama.