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Srinagar: Ahmadnagar encounter ends, terrorist escapes in the dark

The siege in Ahmadnagar area of Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar ended early morning today after the lone terrorist, who was believed to be trapped, managed to give the security forces a slip and escaped out of the area under the cover of darkness.

The terrorist targeted the policemen on Wednesday night and injured four policemen by attacking them with a grenade. The security forces swung into action immediately and started a gunbattle with the terrorist, believed to be from Lashkar-e-Toiba. The whole area was cordoned off in order to arrest or neutralize the terrorist but the security forces failed to arrest him.

Sources said that the terrorist was a top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander identified as Abu Huraira. The police were yet to make an official statement in this regard. Some sources claimed that actually Huraira was accompanied by one more terrorist but the security forces were yet to say anything about the presence of the second militant.

Police said that the trapped terrorist started a counter attack around 2am and ran away making use of the dense tree cover behind the house I which he was holed up.

Local residents said that the whole area was cordoned off by the police and CRPF at around 6pm on Wednesday. They started house-to-house searches after sealing the whole area in order to locate the terrorist. After some searching, the security forces came to the conclusion that the militant was hiding in a two-storey house in old Ahmednagar on the outskirts of Srinagar.

But as security forces were planning to storm the building, the militant hurled grenades at them and ran away.