Two terrorists, including Lashkar-e-Taiba’s (LeT) Naveed Jatt who was accused by the Jammu and Kashmir police of murdering senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari, were killed in a gunfight with security forces on Wednesday in Kashmir’s Budgam district.
Jatt, an LeT militant of Pakistani origin, had escaped from the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in Srinagar this February. Jatt was active in south Kashmir, the hotbed of militancy, and involved in multiple attacks between 2013-2014 before he escaped from the hospital .
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The son of a truck driver from Multan, Jatt was active in south Kashmir’s Anantnag, Pulwama and Shopian districts. According to police records, he was arrested on September 19, 2014, in Sempora Bijbehara in Anantnag and was lodged in Srinagar’s Rainawari jail after being charged with murder and attempt to murder.
A cordon and search operation was launched following a specific information about the presence of terrorists in Kuthpora village.
As the security forces were closing in on the hiding terrorists, they fired starting the encounter, a police officer said.
Authorities have suspended mobile internet in Badgam and Pulwama districts.