Army officer and LeT ‘commander’ killed in separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir

A senior Army officer, Colonel Neeraj Sood, commanding officer of Rashtriya Rifles (RR, 18th Battalion), was killed in an ambush by the militants at Saiwan village in the Lolab Valley of Kupwara District, Police said on June 23.

Colonel Neeraj was critically wounded in the militant attack… However, he succumbed to his injuries in the hospital late on Tuesday night," a senior Police officer said. Separately, the operation launched by the Security Forces (SFs) at Baghat in Sopore town of Baramulla District ended on June 22 with the recovery of the dead body of a top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) ‘commander’, Abu Zubair, from debris of the house where he was hiding, reported Daily Excelsior.

An AK rifle, two magazines, one pistol, five live pistol rounds and a mobile phone were also recovered from the debris of the house, official sources said. Zubair, a resident of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), was ‘deputy divisional commander’ of the LeT in North Kashmir and was involved in planning and execution of several attacks on SFs and civilians in the area, they said.
An unnamed senior Police official said intelligence inputs had put the number of militants in the house at two. We are hopeful of finding another body also as there is still some part of the debris to be searched," he added. As reported earlier, the operation began on June 21 in which a Policeman was killed and several others sustained injuries.

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