Lashkar commander Junaid Mattu, Nisar Ahmed and a third militant were gunned down in a joint operation involving the Indian Army, Special Operations Group (SOG) and the CRPF. Bodies of the three militants were recovered from Arwani in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Three weapons, including AK 47 guns and six magazines were recovered from them. While this encounter took place, militants in another part of the state has laid an ambush and killed six policemen, including a Station House Officer (SHO) of the Achabal police station.
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 suspected in the killing of a policeman in Kulgam area of South Kashmir.
Mattoo a Lashkar-e-Tayiba militant was active since two years in the Valley. He carried a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head. Intelligence sources said that the search operation is still on but have been hampered by stone-pelters who are targeting the security forces from different sides.
Police said that 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 militant who was killed in an encounter on May 27 last month. Mattoo had joined the Lashkar at the age of 18. He was part of the 12 most wanted list released by the Army recently.