STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar: A foreign Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist, who was an IED expert, was killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said.Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Larnoo area of Anantnag district, in south Kashmir, this morning following inputs about the presence of terrorists there, a police official said.The official said that after the presence of the terrorist was ascertained, he was given an opportunity to surrender, but he fired indiscriminately on the search party, leading to an encounter.In the gun-battle, the foreign terrorist was killed and his body retrieved from the site of the encounter, the official said.He said the slain terrorist has been identified as Nasir alias Shakeel Saab alias Shak Bhai an A -category terrorist and an IED expert affiliated with proscribed LeT outfit.Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of the encounter, the official said, adding these items have been taken into the case records for further investigation and to probe his complicity in other terror crimes.In this connection a case under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Larnoo and investigation has been initiated.In a related development, the security forces have arrested a militant associate belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) from Pulwama district, police said.Haris Shareef Rather, a resident of Zaffron Colony in Pampore, was involved in providing shelter, logistic and other support to LeT militants besides assisting active militants in transporting arms and ammunition in Pampore, Khrew and Kakapora areas of the district, according to police records.Rather was held from Pampore area of Awantipora in the south Kashmir district and incriminating material seized from him has been taken into case records for investigation, they said.A case has been registered and further investigation is on, they said.Meanwhile, a terrorist hideout was busted in Kishtwar district and the police recovered three weapons, seven grenades and ammunition, officials said.Acting on a tip-off, a cordon and search operation was launched by Kishtwar police along with 11 Rastriya Rifles in the forest area of Marwah, SSP (Kishtwar) Harmeet Singh Mehta said.During the search operation, the police busted the terrorist hideout and recovered arms, ammunition and explosive material, including one RPG launcher, two pistols, two pistol magazines, nine pistol rounds, four AK-47 empty magazines, 122 rounds of AK guns and seven plastic grenades, he said.Accordingly, a case has been registered under relevant sections of law and investigation is going on, police added.
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