Srinagar: Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday, police said.

They were identified as Furqan Rashid Lone alias Adil and Liyaqat Ahmad Lone alias Sahaba alias Umar Khalid.

The spokesman said Furqan, a resident Langate in Kupwara, was wanted in a number of criminal cases.

Liyaqat, a resident of Harwan area of Sopore in the neighbouring Baramulla district “had a long history of involvement in terror related activities and was wanted in a number of criminal cases including kidnapping and rape of a minor local girl”, the spokesman said.

He said Liyaqat along with other LeT militants – Gani Khawaja, a resident of Kralgund and Majid Mir, a resident of Nowpora Sopore – was involved in the murder of Hakim-ur-Rehman, a resident of Reshipora Bomai, who was shot dead on Saturday.

Rehman was an activist of the hardline Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

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