JUNAID MATTOO’S DEATH A BIG BLOW TO LASHKAR
Top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Junaid Mattoo, who was trapped for more than eight hours was killed with his accomplice, in an encounter with security forces in Arwani village of Bijbihara in Anantnag District of south Kashmir.
A joint team of Army, J&K police and CRPF cordoned off Arwani village on specific input about presence of Lashkar militants in the area today morning. As the cordon was being laid some youth assembled near the area and started pelting stones on security forces which resulted in clashes.
Junaid Mattoo was involved in a day light attack on a police van in which three policemen including an officer was killed last year. Mattoo’s involvement is also suspected in the killing of a policeman in Kulgam area of South Kashmir on Thursday afternoon.
Mattoo was believed to be active for the past two years and carried a bounty of Rs 10 lakhs.
Junaid Mattoo is the third top militant, who has been killed after Burhan Wani since last year. Buran Wani’s close aid Sabzar Ahmad Bhat was the second.