New Delhi, Sep 11 (IANS) The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday gunned down a top Lashkar-e-Taiba militant who was responsible for attacking a Sopore fruit trader's family last week in which a girl child had also been injured.
Asif Maqbool Bhat was killed in a brief shootout with the police in Sopore around 9 a.m.
"When we intercepted Bhat today (Wednesday), he attacked us. He threw a grenade at us. A few police personnel were injured but they are out of danger. In the ensuing encounter, the militant had been neutralised," Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh said in a press briefing.
Singh said Bhat is the same militant who had gone to the house of Hazi Hamidullah Rather, a prominent fruit grower of the Sopore apple mandi and a resident of Dangerpora area.
"The Militant fired at the family members of Hamidullah injuring four of them including a girl aged between four and seven years. The girl is admitted here in a hospital. Others were also evacuated to that place."
Bhat is the same militant who along with his associates went to somebody's house that day where a migrant labour, identified as Shafi Alam, was working, the DGP said, adding he shot at the labour.
"The injured boy has been brought to a Srinager hospital. I am told that his condition is fine and he is likely to be discharge any moment."
The DGP said that Bhat was very active in Sopore area.
"With the killing of of Bhat, I believe that the area will heave a sigh of relief. The terror which he was creating there would be taken care of to some extent. We also know his other two associates and we are after them. We will see it in the near future. We will take care of them."
On September 8, Bhat and his associates barged into the house of apple trader Rather. They shot at his daughter Asma and also attacked the migrant labourer from Bihar, Shafi Alam, who had sustained gunshot wounds on his shoulder and neck.
On September 9, Jammu and Kashmir Police along with the Army and other security forces including the Central Reserve Police Force had arrested eight militants from the Sopore region after busting a terror module of the LeT.
Javaid Iqbal, SSP of Sopore district, said the men had hatched a conspiracy to print posters threatening locals from venturing out of their homes, either for trade, travel, schools or offices. They used to distribute these posters for circulation in local villages.
New York, Feb 19 (IANS) The US dollar was up in late trading on Tuesday due to rising risk aversion in the market.
The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreased sharply in February, falling 18.0 points to a new reading of 8.7 points, according to latest release by Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) on Tuesday, the Xinhua news agency reported,
On Tuesday morning, the exchange rate of Euro against US dollar once fell to 1.0786, the lowest level since April 21, 2017.
"The Euro is again under selling pressure this morning as it touched a three-year low against the U.S. dollar. The most recent dip lower for the Euro was caused by data out of Germany that showed investor confidence came out weaker than expected," said U.S. foreign exchange payment platform Tempus on Tuesday.
The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, was up 0.26 per cent at 99.4436 in late trading.
In late New York trading, the euro was down to $1.0792 from $1.0833 in the previous session, and the British pound was down to $1.2999 from $1.3000 in the previous session. The Australian dollar fell to 0.6685 dollar from 0.6715 dollar.
The dollar bought 109.87 Japanese yen, lower than 109.93 Japanese yen of the previous session. The dollar was up to 0.9828 Swiss franc from 0.9809 Swiss franc, and it was up to 1.3252 Canadian dollars from 1.3234 Canadian dollars.