Kashmir: Kokernag Encounter Ends; Lashkar Commander, Another Militant Killed

Additional director general of police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, has told reporters that search operations will continue.

New Delhi: At least two militants, including Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Uzair Bashir Khan were killed as the six-day encounter between the Indian Army and militants drew to a close today, September 19.

The body of a third militant was seen near the encounter spot but it has not yet been recovered.

Additional director general of police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar has told reporters that while the encounter is over, search operations will continue.

The Wire has reported how the 28-year-old Uzair Bashir Khan, left home in 2022. His family learned that he had taken up militancy from the security forces.

A total of four Indian Army soldiers have died in the operation, with a Sepoy’s body discovered just a day ago.

Colonel Manpreet Singh was a recipient of the Sena Medal in 2021. Humayun Muzamil Bhat is Deputy Superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police. Major Aashish Dhonchak belonged to the Army’s 19 Rashtriya Rifles. Sepoy Pradeep Patel was part of the Sikh Light Infantry of the 19 Rashtriya Rifles.

This is a developing story and will be updated as details come in.