Following the death of two Indian Army officer and Deputy Superintend of Police (DSP) in a fierce gunfight with terrorists in Kokernag in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) offshoot The Resistance Front claimed responsibility for the attack.
Revenged killing of LeT commander Riyaz Ahmed
Fresh reports have claimed that the recent killing of the Indian soldiers was an act of revenge for the killing of their veteran leader in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK) earlier this month.
Notably, LeT commander Riyaz Ahmed, codenamed Qasim, was shot dead inside the Al-Qudus mosque in the Rawalkot region of POK on September 8. His death had sparked a massive outrage among his followers, leading to the retaliatory attack in Kokernag.
The encounter in Kokernag broke out during a joint anti-insurgency operation involving J&K Police and the Indian Army. The officers were critically injured in the gunfight and despite reinforcement, they could not be evacuated due to heavy firing from the terrorist.
The deceased officers have been identified as Colonel Manpreet Singh, Major Ashish Dhonack and DSP Humayun Bhat.