Saturday, December 02, 2023
  1. You Are At:
  2. English News
  3. India
  4. J&K: LeT's longest surviving commander Yousuf Kantroo among 4 terrorists killed in Baramulla

J&K: LeT's longest surviving commander Yousuf Kantroo among 4 terrorists killed in Baramulla

The slain LeT commander Yousuf Kantroo was figured in the list of top 10 most wanted militants in Kashmir and he was the longest surviving militants in the valley.

Manzoor Mir Reported by: Manzoor Mir Srinagar Updated on: April 22, 2022 10:08 IST
Jammu Kashmir, Jammu, cisf, Terrorist attack, Yousuf Kantroo, Let Militant shot dead, Prime Minister
Image Source : PTI (FILE IMAGE)

Top LeT commander Yousuf Kantroo among 4 terrorist killed in encounter at Baramulla in J&K 


  • Four terrorists have been killed in encounter that started on thursday
  • Four soldiers and a civilian have also been injured
  • Security forces claimed to have achieved major success by eliminating most wanted commander of LeT

Another militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, police said, taking the toll to four in the over 24-hour-long operation. Top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Yousuf Kantroo, one of the longest-surviving militants in the Valley, was gunned down in the operation on Thursday. "A militant was killed on Friday morning after the exchange of firing resumed," a police official said. The total number of militants killed so far in the operation, which began in the early hours of Thursday, has risen to four, he said. Three militants were killed in the operation in Malwah area of Baramulla in north Kashmir on Thursday, he added. In the initial exchange of fire on Thursday, four soldiers and a policeman were injured.

Police said Kantroo was involved in the killings of several security personnel as well as civilians and was among the top 10 most-wanted militants in the Kashmir Valley. Kantroo started out as an overground worker (OGW) of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) terror outfit and was arrested in 2005. He was released in 2008 and again joined the terrorist ranks in 2017 and started killing innocent civilians, policemen and political workers. Later on, he switched from HM to LeT, the police said. Kantroo was involved in dozens of civilian atrocities and killings of security personnel. He was involved in the killings of Special Police Officer Mohammad Ishfaq Dar and his brother Umer Ahmad Dar in March, BDC chairman Sardar Bhupinder Singh in September 2020 at Khag and CRPF personnel Riyaz Ahmad Rather, a resident of Nawgam Anantnag at Kanihama, in December 2017.

He was also involved in the killings of several political workers, grenade throwing incidents, and abduction and killing of police and Army personnel. Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar congratulated the forces for conducting a successful anti-terrorist operation and eliminating the top most-wanted militant in the Valley. He described Kantroo's killing as a major success. 

Also Read | Jammu and Kashmir: IED detected, defused in Rajouri

Also Read | Jammu and Kashmir: Sarpanch Manzoor Ahmed Bangroo killed by terrorists in Goshbugh area


Latest India News

Read all Assembly Election Results 2023 Live on and Get the Latest English News and Updates on Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana