The Hush Post|1:55pm| 2-min-read
Senior commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba, Naveed Jatt, who was part of the killing of Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari, was killed on Wednesday.
A senior police official said two militants were killed in a gunfight in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, which erupted on Wednesday morning. The security forces had cordoned off a village in Budgam district where militants were suspected to be hiding.
The police identified one of the slain militants as Jatt. Confirming the killing of Jatt, the Jammu and Kashmir police chief, Dilbagh Singh said, “We’ll be writing to the home ministry to inform Pakistan to take back the body.”
He operated under the codename Abu Hanzalla. Jatt was a key suspect in the assassination of prominent journalist Shujaat Bukhari. He was shot dead on July 14 outside his office in Srinagar. Bukhari was shot from a close range by three armed men in which his two security officers were also killed. The journalist was hit by 17 bullets. He was attacked while on his way home from his office. The killers emptied their magazines into their victims before fleeing the scene.
Jatt had infiltrated into the Kashmir Valley in 2012. Jatt was arrested from a hideout in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district in June 2014. The 20-year-old Lashkar-e-Taiba commander had been lodged at the Srinagar Central Jail since 2016. He escaped from custody in February 2018 when he was being taken to a hospital in Srinagar for medical check-up.
A resident of Multan in Pakistan, Jatt was said to be close to Lashkar chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.