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Two LeT terrorists killed in Delhi encounter

By Prashant Pandey


Personnel of the Special Cell of the Delhi police beside the body of one of the two terrorists killed in an encounter near Tughlakabad Fort in New Delhi on Saturday. — Photo: S. Subramanium

NEW DELHI DEC. 14. Two heavily-armed terrorists, suspected to be Pakistan nationals belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba, were gunned down after an exchange of fire with the Special Cell of the Delhi police near Tughlakabad Fort here on Saturday. Five grenades, two AK-56 assault rifles and several rounds of live ammunition were recovered from them after a 40-minute gun battle.

Central intelligence agencies had on Friday tipped off police about militants trying to cross over to Delhi from Faridabad in Haryana. Following this, the Special Cell deployed two teams at the Karni Singh Shooting Range T-point, which connects Faridabad to Mehrauli-Badarpur (MB) Road.

Around 6 a.m. today, a white Maruti Zen (DL-7C-5921) was coming from Surajkund in Faridabad. When police teams tried to stop it, the car drove past the picket. Immediately the second police team, deployed on MB Road, was alerted.

On seeing the police team, the driver tried a sharp right run and hit a culvert. Two persons came out firing at the police. The terrorists lobbed two grenades. One exploded near them, while the other missed the target. The two grenades recovered from the spot later bore the legend "Arges" — the same found on the grenades used in the December 13 Parliament attack here last year. A third did not have any marking.

Even as police engaged the two terrorists who had taken positions under the dry culvert, the car driver escaped. Police and the terrorists exchanged about 100 rounds at the end of which the two terrorists were found dead within 10 feet of each other. Three handgrenades, two AK-56 rifles, 85 live rounds of ammunition and a two-page note in Hindi espousing the cause of "jehad" under the aegis of the Tehreek-e-Gajnavi, a pseudonym for Lashkar, were recovered. "It has been a practice of the Lashkar militants to use different names while carrying out terrorist operations," said the Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), Neeraj Kumar.

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