Cave hideout busted in Rajouri, huge cache of arms seized
STATE TIMES NEWS
Srinagar: Wedding celebrations turned into mourning for a family in Jammu and Kashmir after the bride’s brother, a terrorist, was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kupwara district on Tuesday.
Liyaqat Ahmad Lone was one of the two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists killed in the encounter in Kupwara’s Handwara area this morning, police said.
The news of Lone’s death came as his sister’s wedding celebrations were underway at his house in Sopore town, family members said.
His sister was supposed to get married today. A large number of relatives and friends had gathered for the occasion, but as the news reached, a pall of gloom descended on the household, they said.
Lone went missing from his house and joined terrorist ranks earlier this year, the family members claimed.
The other terrorist killed in the encounter was identified as Furqan Rashid Lone alias Adil, a resident of Langate in Kupwara’s district Shartpora area, a police spokesman said.
He said Liyaqat Lone, alias Sahaba alias Umar Khalid, was a resident of Harwan area in Sopore town, he said.
Liyaqat’s body was handed over to the family late Tuesday afternoon, a police official said.
Meanwhile, terrorists attacked security forces with grenades at two separate places in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
In the first attack, the terrorists fired two UBGL grenades on an Army bunker near Degree College in Sopore in north Kashmir district, a police official said.
He said the grenades exploded without causing any damage.
In another incident this evening, the militants lobbed a grenade on police station Pattan, the official said. He said the grenade exploded outside the police station without causing any damage. No loss of life or injury was reported in these incidents, the official said.
In an anti-terrorism operations, security forces unearthed a cave hideout used by terrorists in Rajouri district and seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition from it, police said.
The hideout was busted during a joint search and cordon operation (CASO) by the Special Operations Group of police and a 48 Rashtriya Rifles team in the Manuwala forests near Dhar Sakri village in Kandi area of the border district, Senior Superintendent of Police Yougal Manhas said.
He said the cache included two AK assault rifles, six pistols, four AK magazines with 58 rounds, seven pistol magazines with eight rounds, one under barrel grenade launcher (UBGL), one radio set, one Thoraya phone and 680 general purpose machine gun bullets.
Jammu-based Army spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said specially trained Army sniffer dogs and quadcopters were employed in the operation.
The CASO was launched Monday evening, Manhas said.
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