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Top LeT Commander Among Two Killed in Pulwama Encounter

Srinagar, June 03 (WD): In a significant development, security forces neutralized a top commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) along with his associate in an encounter in the Nihama area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The operation marks a crucial victory in the ongoing efforts to curb militant activities in the region.

According to a top police officer, Riyaz Ahmad Dar, a prominent figure within the LeT, was among those killed. The encounter unfolded following actionable intelligence that indicated the presence of militants in Nihama village. Security forces swiftly launched a search operation based on these credible inputs.

The officer revealed that the confrontation commenced when the militants, cornered by the security forces, opened fire. In the ensuing exchange of gunfire, both militants were neutralized. Riyaz Ahmad Dar’s death is expected to deal a severe blow to the LeT’s operations in the region, given his significant role within the organization.

Riyaz Ahmad Dar, known for orchestrating numerous attacks, had been a high-value target for the security forces. His elimination is likely to disrupt the coordination and execution of future militant activities, providing a temporary respite from their threat.

The encounter in Pulwama’s Nihama village is part of a broader strategy by security forces to intensify counter-insurgency operations across South Kashmir. This region has been a hotspot for militant activities, necessitating increased vigilance and tactical operations by security personnel.

While the successful operation underscores the efficacy of the intelligence network and the preparedness of the security forces, it also highlights the persistent challenges faced in countering militancy. Each encounter brings with it the risk of casualties and the need for meticulous planning to ensure minimal collateral damage.

As the situation continues to evolve, authorities have maintained a heightened state of alert in the area. Additional forces have been deployed to preempt any retaliatory actions by militant groups. Local residents have been advised to remain indoors and report any suspicious activities to the authorities.

Further details about the encounter are awaited. The security forces are likely to conduct a thorough combing operation in the vicinity to rule out the presence of any other militants and ensure the safety of the local populace. This encounter serves as a reminder of the ongoing conflict in the region and the relentless efforts of security forces to restore peace and stability.

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