Jammu and Kashmir: JeM terrorist from Pakistan, associate killed in encounter in Shopian

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A top most Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commander was shot dead on Saturday in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian, an official said.

Munna Lahori, the Pakistan-based terrorist group’s leader in south Kashmir area was killed along with his local associate in an encounter in Bona Bazar area.

“Top most Jaish commander of South Kashmir Munna Lahori/Bihari from Pakistan killed along with his local associate after a night long operation,” Jammu and Kashmir police said in a tweet.

Munna Lahori was responsible for two car bomb attacks on security forces, and also had killed several civilians in Kashmir valley.

“The slain Jaish commander Munna Lahori was responsible for partial Car Blast attack on Security Force convoy on 30/3/19 at Banihal and fatal car blast on Army vehicle at Arihal Pulwahma on 17/6/19.Some fatal & non fatal casualties took place in that blast,” Jammu and Kashmir police added.

“This terrorist from Pakistan was known for IED making and responsible for series of civilian killings in the local area. JeM had used him for recruitment also in the belt,” police said.

The security forces launched a cordon and search operation based on specific information about the presence of terrorists in the Bona Bazaar area, a police official said, adding that the operation turned into an encounter after the terrorists fired at the search party.

Police have also recovered arms and ammunition from the site of encounter.