A district commander Ayub Lelhari of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) was killed in a brief encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday, police said.
“Ayub Lelhari, a district commander of the LeT, was killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama,” a police spokesman said.
Acting on specific information regarding the movement of Ayub Lelhari, police along with Army and the Central Reserve Police Force planned for counter-terror operations at Banderpora, Drubgam and Chandgam areas, the spokesman said.
He said a vehicle in which the Lashkar terrorist was travelling was intercepted at Banderpora area. “The terrorist tried to escape and opened fire on the joint security force, which retaliated… The terrorist was killed in the crossfire,” he said.
The spokesman said that two police personnel also sustained injuries during the gunfight. One of them has been sent to Army’s 92 Base Hospital Badamibagh for treatment. “The driver of the vehicle in which the terrorist was travelling has been arrested,” he added.
The spokesman said Ayub Lelhari had joined terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba in 2015. He was involved in number of terror incidents, including killing of civilians in Pulwama and an attack on security forces.
He was involved in grenade attacks on an Army camp and a police post at Kakapora. “He was also involved in the killing of sarpanch Fayaz Ahmad Kandizal,” the spokesman said.
“The killing of Ayub Lelhari is yet another success in the fight against terrorism,” he said.