Kundalan Gunfight: Police identify slain militants

Srinagar

Police on Tuesday issued the following statement on the Kundalan gunfight.

A police spokesperson in a statement said: “Pursuing credible leads regarding the presence of militants in Kundalan area of District Shopian, a joint patrol of the security forces launched searches in the area in the wee hours today.”

“As the searches were going on, militants hiding inside the house fired upon the search party. The search party in their guarded response fired back thereby establishing contact with the militants leading to an encounter. Some of the civilians in the nearby houses were quickly evacuated by the security forces,” the spokesman said.

“During the encounter, all the hiding militants were eliminated successfully by the joint patrol of the security forces. The killed militants were identified as Sameer Ahmad Sheikh a local and Babar from Pakistan. They were affiliated with proscribed militant outfit JeM,” the spokesman added.

“Sameer Ahmad Sheikh son of Ghulam Mohammad Sheikh resident Rawalpora Shopian was a school dropout and had joined the militant outfit JeM after he was reported missing from his home since April 2018,” he said.

“On the basis of documents available the other militant has been identified as Babar a JeM commander of Pakistan origin. They were involved in many attacks on the security establishments and civilian atrocities,” he added.

“Some civilians were also injured in cross firing at the site of encounter who were later evacuated to the hospital for medical attention. One of the injured persons later succumbed to his injuries while the other injured are stated to be stable now,” the spokesman said.

“Some arms and ammunition were also recovered from the encounter site,” he said.

“Police has registered a case and investigation has been initiated in the instant matter.”

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