Gun salute given to LeT militant killed in Mirbazar attack


Aakash Hassan


After killing of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant on Saturday evening on Srinagar-Jammu highway among four others, militants today on Sunday appeared at the funeral of slain and fired volley of bullets in air offering gun salute.

On Saturday, militants attacked on a police party near Mirbazar in Islamabad, resulted in the killing of four people and injuring three others.

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The attack took place, officials said, after a police party was clearing road near Malpora fallowing an accident in which a driver was killed.

“As the traffic was being cleared, militants fired indiscriminately,” a police official said. “The attack was retaliated by the police party.”

In the four people killed, police said, one was a cop while two others were civilians and the fourth on was militant. Later, reports said that, third civilian also succumbed to injuries.

As per police officials, a hand grenade and live ammunition was recovered from the pocket of slain militant while he was taken to district hospital Islamabad.

He was later identified as Fayaz Ahmed Ashwar alias Setha from Reshipora Qaimoh , in Kulgam district of south Kashmir.

As per sources, he was killed when he attempted to snatch a AK-47 rifle from a cop after attack.

Fayaz was one of the main accused in August 5, 2015 attack on a BSF convoy in Udhampur. The attack resulted in the death of two BSF personnel while 13 others were injured. The case was subsequently transferred to NIA for investigation.

Soon after the attack, police claimed to have arrested a Pakistani national and member of LeT, later identified as Mohammad Naveed alias Usman. Police officials said Fayaz was since then absconding.

As per the eyewitnesses, thousands of people gathered at the funeral of the slain militant.  People offered funeral prayers in the Qaimoh village among anti-India and pro-freedom slogans, eyewitnesses said.

Later, eyewitnesses said, at least four armed militants appeared in the crowed. “They fired volley of bullets in the air and raised pro-freedom slogans,” eyewitnesses told Kashmir Life.

Fayaz, as per one of his relatives, had joined militancy couple of weeks ago and his photographs had appeared on internet.

Locals say that, earlier he was a truck driver. As per police sources, he was accused in ferrying militants to Udhampur in truck.

Fayaz who was in his early thirties, as per his relatives, was father of one-year-old male child.


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