Amid 2 Claims, DNA Test Establishes Slain Militant Belonged To Third Family

SRINAGAR: The DNA test has established the identity of a Kupwara youth killed along with his two associates during a gunfight with counter-insurgent forces in Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district last year, officials said on Tuesday.

They said three militants were killed while an army major and two policemen were injured in a gunfight in Yadipora area of Pattan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on September 4 last year.

Soon, the police had summoned the families of all the three militants. While two families had identified their kin as Hanan Bilal Sofi son of Bilal Ahmad Sofi of Arampora Azadguj and Shafkat Ali Khan son of Ali Mohammad of Rawathpora Delina, the third one could not be identified and subsequently, authorities took samples for DNA profiling.

“DNA profiling was received and it has been established that the third militant was Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir alias Moin-ul-Islam son of Ghulam Nabi Mir of Gulgam Kupwara,” a police official told news agency GNS. “His family was also summoned then but they could not identify him.”

Imtiyaz, according to the picture posted by him at the time of announcing his joining the militant ranks, was Hafiz-e-Quran (one who has memorised the Holy Quran) besides he had done diploma and had passed 11th standard.

He had joined Hizb-ul-Mujahideen ranks on 12 June 2019, according to the picture.

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