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Lashkar commander Uzair Khan killed in Anantnag encounter; 7-day operation finally ends

LeT commander Uzair Khan was killed by security forces during the week-long encounter in Kashmir’s Anantnag, putting an end to the encounter.

The long-drawn Anantnag encounter has finally come to an end after the main target of the operation – Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Uzair Khai – was killed, along with other terrorists. The encounter commenced in Jammu and Kashmir last week on Monday.

Security forces announced that they recovered the body of terrorist Uzair Khan along with a weapon, and the body of another man who is yet to be identified. While the Jammu-Kashmir anti-terrorist operation has ended, the search for more militants is still on.

ADGP Police Vijay Kumar said, “LeT commander Uzair Khan has been killed, with the recovery of his weapon. Additionally, another terrorist’s lifeless body has been found. The Anantnag encounter has concluded.”

Security forces sieved through the dense forests of Gadole in Kashmir Valley’s Anantnag district for the seventh day on Tuesday, one of Jammu and Kashmir’s longest anti-militancy operations that has claimed the lives of three officers and a soldier.

Two bodies were found from the forest area on Monday. One was identified as Pradeep, the soldier killed by terrorists last week Wednesday. Before this, two Indian Army officers and one Jammu-Kashmir police officer was martyred in the encounter.

The operation started on Wednesday when Colonel Manpreet Singh, commanding officer, 19 Rashtriya Rifles, Major Ashish Dhonchak and Deputy Superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police Humayun Bhat were killed by terrorists. Pradeep went missing on the first day of the encounter and was believed to have been killed.

(With inputs from agencies)

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