Two militants killed in Delhi encounter

Two militants killed in Delhi encounter

New Delhi: Two militants were killed and two Delhi police personnel were injured in a fierce encounter in Jamia Nagar of south Delhi on Friday.

Atiq, wanted in connection with the serial blasts in Ahmedabad and Delhi, and one of his associates were killed when a police team stormed the house where they were holed up, Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Karnail Singh told reporters at the end of the encounter that lasted more than an hour.

While one militant was arrested, two managed to escape during the operation, he said.

Mohan Chand Sharma, an inspector who led the team, and a head constable were injured in the heavy exchange of fire.

The police team had gone in search of the militants after the prime suspect in the Ahmedabad serial blasts Abu Basher had identified the four-storied house near a mosque in Jamia Nagar where he along with Delhi serial blasts mastermind Md Subhan Qureshi had taken shelter in July.

Basher was brought to Delhi on Thursday from Ahmedabad for questioning after the last week’s serial blasts in Delhi that claimed 24 lives.

Police said they had intelligence inputs on the presence of militants in the house and during a checking, the militants fired on the personnel.

Dhaliwal rubbished reports that the encounter took place in a mosque.

Indian Mujahideen, a shadow outfit of SIMI and Lashkar-e-Taiba, has claimed responsibility for the last week’s Delhi attack.