Three Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists, including Lateef Earlier who was involved in the May murder of Rahul Bhat, associate of Kashmiri Pandit, were killed on Wednesday during a meeting with security forces in the Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. .
“All three who #neutralized LeT #terrorists. Bodies are being collected from the site, identification has yet to be established. #Incriminating materials, weapons and ammunition have been recovered. A great success for us”, Additional Director General of Police (Kashmir Zone) ) Vijay Kumar tweeted.
#BudgamEncounterUpdate: #Terrorist Lateef Earlier @ Abdullah, murderer of Rahul Bhat & Amreen Bhat among the three dead #terrorists. He was involved in several #terror criminal cases, including some civil #killing & #atrocities: ADGP Kashmir@JmuKmrPolicehttps://t.co/2VSj0WcMfC
— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) August 10, 2022
Kumar later said the terrorists killed were Lateef Earlier, who was involved in the murder of Kashmiri Pandit employee Rahul Bhat and TV actor Amreen Bhat in May this year.
“#Terrorist Lateef Earlier @ Abdullah, killer of Rahul Bhat & Amreen Bhat among the three #terrorists killed. He was involved in several #terrorist crimes, including several #civil #murdering and #atrocity,” Mr Kumar said.
Rahul Bhat was shot dead by terrorists in his office in Chadoora, while Amreen Bhat was killed by the ultras outside her home in Hushru area of Budgam district.
Earlier, police had said three LeT terrorists were detained at the meeting point.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation at Waterhail in the Khansahib area of the district following information about the presence of terrorists there, a police spokesman said, adding that the search turned into a meeting after the terrorists fired on the security forces who retaliated.
Kumar previously said three Lashkar men, including the most wanted Lateef Earlier, were trapped in the encounter.
“03 #terrorists from #terror outfit LeT(TRF) including terrorist Lateef Quite caught in ongoing #encounter. Terrorist Lateef has been implicated in several #civil #killings including Rahul Bhat & Amreen Bhat,” Kumar tweeted.
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