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By Luv Puri
Six militants, including two top leaders of the Lashker-e-Taiba, and two securitymen were among 10 people killed in different incidents in Jammu and Kashmir today.
Police said militants detonated an explosives laden auto-rickshaw when a BSF vehicle was passing through the vicinity of the Hazratbal shrine on the banks of the Dal Lake around noon. Five BSF personnel, including an Inspector, three civilians and two children were injured.
In another incident, militants threw a grenade into the backyard of the Good Shepherd missionary school in Pulwama district during lunch break, causing panic among the students.
Talking to The Hindu, the DIG (Anantnag-Pulwama) Ravindra Kotwal said, "The grenade blast resulted in damage to the window panes of the school building, but no body was injured."
The pro-Pakistan militant outfit, Hizb-ul Mujahideen, has claimed responsibility for the detonation of the explosives laden vehicle, officials said.
No militant outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the Pulwama strike. .
On Friday, militants had fired at the Missionary school's bus when it was returning after dropping children at their homes, but no one was injured, the officials added.
LeT militants killed
A self-styled battalion commander of LeT, Abu Aksar, and his deputy were killed in a fierce gun battle with security forces in Mendhar area of Poonch district this morning.
The gun battle started when the security forces confronted militants at around 0930 hours during a special operation.
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