SRINAGAR: The 27-hour long gun battle between security forces and militants at Karan Nagar area ended today with the killing of two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants amid restrictions in several parts of old city of Srinagar.
The fierce gunfight erupted after the militants tried to launch predawn suicide attack on 23 Battalion CRPF camp stationed at Karan Nagar which was foiled by the sentries guarding the installation on Monday. Both the holed up militants including top LeT Commander, who according to ‘informal reports’ belong to Arwani village in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, were neutralized in the ensuing encounter this afternoon.
The slain militants including LeT Commander according to the pictures which went viral on all social networking sites including facebook and WhatsApp were identified as Shakoor Ahmad and Idrees Ahmad both from Arwani Kulgam. However, there was no official confirmation about the identity of the militants as to whether they are locals or foreigners. One CRPF Constable identified as Mujahid Ahmad Khan of Bihar was also killed and SOG man injured on the first day of encounter, however the condition of injured cop who is undergoing treatment at hospital is stated to be out of danger. This was the second militant attack in Srinagar city since October last year after a group of militants launched a suicide attack on a BSF camp near the Srinagar International Airport killing an Assistant Sub Inspector of the BSF and leaving four security personnel injured.