LeT terrorist who shot at 5-year-old girl gunned down in Sopore encounter

LeT terrorist Asif Bhatt who shot at 5-year-old girl gunned down in Sopore encounter
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Srinagar: A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist involved in a recent attack on a fruit merchant's home in Sopore was gunned down by security forces after a brief encounter in the Jammu and Kashmir town. The terrorist was identified as LeT's Asif Maqbool Bhatt.

Acting on specific information, the security forces had carried out a search and cordon operation in the town to flush out the hiding terrorist.

"He (Asif) was challenged to stop but he didn't. He threw a grenade at our parties in which two of our police personnel were injured. They are out of danger," Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag Singh told reporters here.

Bhatt was responsible for a lot of terror activities in Sopore in the valley's Baramulla district. He made use of overground workers to print posters threatening civilians to not open shops and not go for their day-to-day activities, the police said.

Three members of Hamidullah Rather's family, including his toddler granddaughter, were injured in the attack. Bhatt was also responsible for shooting at a migrant laborer, Shafi Aaalam, in Sopore, police officials said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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