Awantipora Encounter: Slain Militant Identified

SRINAGAR: A militant killed in a gunfight with the counter-insurgent forces in Nambal area of Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district was affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba, police said.

A police spokesman in a statement said that based on a specific input generated by Awantipora Police, a raid was conducted by a small team of police at Nambal area of Awantipora.

“During the raid, the hiding militant started firing indiscriminately upon the police party which was retaliated effectively leading to an encounter. In the meantime, reinforcement of 42RR immediately reached the encounter site,” said the spokesman.

“In the ensuing encounter, one militant was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter,” he said.

“He has been identified as Irfan Ahmad Sheikh son of Abdul Rashid Sheikh resident of Karemabad Pulwama linked with proscribed outfit LeT/TRF,” he added.

“As per police records the slain militant was a categorized militant and was involved in several crime cases including attacks on forces and civilian atrocities,” said the spokesman, adding that “besides, he was also providing logistic and other support to the active militants operating in the area before joining the ranks.”

“Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including one Pistol was recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation,” said the spokesman.

In this regard, a case under relevant sections of law has been registered and investigation has been initiated. People are requested to cooperate with Police till the area at encounter site is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any, said police spokesman in a statement.

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