SRINAGAR: Deputy Inspector General of Police South Kashmir, Rayees Mohammad Bhat (IPS), announced on Friday that five local Lashkar-i-Toiba militants were killed in a joint operation in Samno Village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

During a press conference, DIG South Kashmir Rayees Mohammad Bhat revealed that the joint operation, carried out by Kulgam Police and Army’s 34RR based on specific input, resulted in the demise of five militants.

The DIG identified the slain militants as Yasir Bilal Ahmad Bhat, also known as Humais, son of Bilal Ahmad Bhat, resident of KH Raina Wanpoh; Danish Hameed, son of Abdul Hameed; Ubaid Ahmad Padder, son of Wali Mihd Padder, both residents of Chakoora Shopian; Sameer Sheikh, son of Farooq Ahmad, resident of Chak Cholend Shopian; and Hanzal Yaqoob Shah, son of Mohd Yaqoob Shah, resident of Rawalpora Shopian. All the militants were associated with the Lashkar-i-Toiba outfit.

The DIG further stated that these slain militants were involved in numerous attacks on police, SFs, and civilians. They were also implicated in several attacks on minority pickets.

Sameer Farooq and Danish Hameed, among the deceased militants, were responsible for the attack on Pandith Sonu Bhat of Chotigamz Shopian, the officer disclosed.

Danish Hameed, along with Hanzala Yaqoob Shah, participated in the assault on outside labourers at Gagren, Shopian, on 13th July this year, resulting in injuries to three outside labourers.

The deceased militant Farooq Sheikh was involved in instigating and luring locals to join militancy, besides participating in attacks on minority pickets.

Providing details about the recovery, the DIG mentioned that 4 AK series rifles, 04 grenades, and 2 pistols were retrieved from the slain militants.


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