2 more non-locals killed in Valley; LeT man shot dead
The Times of India Mumbai|October 17, 2021
Army’s Toll Rises To 9 As 2 More Bodies Retrieved
Saleem Pandit & Sanjay Khajuria

Srinagar/Jammu: Suspected terrorists on Saturday shot and killed two non-Kashmiris—a snack vendor from Bihar in downtown Srinagar and a carpenter from UP in south Kashmir’s Pulwama— to end a nine-day lull in targeted attacks on civilians in J&K. The twin terror strikes, which swelled the list of civilians killed in the Valley this month to nine in two weeks, coincided with the Army retrieving the bodies of junior commissioned officer Ajay Singh Rautela and soldier Harendra Singh from a densely forested area of Poonch-Rajouri where an encounter with terrorists has been raging for the last six days.

As the number of Army casualties in the Jammu operation mounted to nine on Saturday, security forces fighting terrorists in the Valley claimed a major success in gunning down Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Umer Mushtaq Khanday, counted among 10 most-wanted terrorists in J&K, along with an aide at Drangal Pampore in Pulwama.

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