Kulgam Gunfight: Slain Militants Identified

SRINAGAR: Two militants killed in a gunfight with the counter-insurgent forces in Okey area of Kulgam were affiliated with the Lashkar-e-Taiba outfit, an official said.

A police spokesman in a statement said that based on a specific input generated by Police regarding presence of militants in village Okey area of Kulgam, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 9RR and 18Bn CRPF in the said area.

“During the search operation, as the joint search party proceeded towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated effectively leading to an encounter,” said the spokesman.

He said that in the ensuing encounter, two militants of proscribed outfit LeT (TRF) were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter.

They have been identified as Amir Ahmad Wani resident of Alamgunj Shopian and Sameer Ahmad Khan resident of Tiken Pulwama, said the spokesman.

“As per police records, the slain militant Amir Ahmad was a categorized militant linked with proscribed outfit LeT (TRF), however the other slain militant joined folds recently. Both the slain militants were part of a group involved in several crime cases,” he said.

“Incriminating materials arms & ammunition including 01 AK-47, 01 pistol were recovered from their possession. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation,” he added.

Police have registered a case under relevant sections of law 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 the spokesman.

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