Srinagar, February 6: A terrorist of Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba was gunned down by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Wednesday. The terrorist, identified as Irfan Ahmad Sheikh, was the district commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the police said. "The slain militant belonged to Chakoora and was active for the last some years," an official source told IANS.
"One terrorist got killed in an exchange of fire with security forces in Pulwama today. The terrorist has been identified as Irfan Ahmed Sheikh, a resident of Chakoora, Pulwama. He was affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba and was known as district Commander of LeT," the Jammu and Kashmir police said. Following specific inputs about the presence of militants in Chakoora in Litter area, the security forces started a cordon and search operation. Two JeM Terrorists Gunned Down by Security Forces in Pulwama Encounter.
The encounter broke out when a joint patrolling party of army and police was fired upon by terrorists at Chakoora area. Sheikh was affiliated with LeT and was known as district commander of the outfit for Pulwama. He was wanted by the law for his complicity in terror crimes, a police spokesperson said. "Shaikh was involved in conspiring and executing several terror attacks on security establishments in the area including grenade attacks,” he added. 3 Militants Killed in Encounter With Security Forces in Baramulla.
Almost simultaneously, clashes between civilian protesters and the security personnel took place some distance away from the site of the gunfight. Authorities suspended mobile Internet services in Pulwama as a precaution.