Militant Slain In Kupwara Encounter Identified

SRINAGAR: A militant killed in a gunfight at Sudhpora along LoC in Karnah area in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district was affiliated with the Lashkar-i-Toiba outfit, police said.

A police spokesman in a statement said that at about 0100hrs, based on specific input about possible attempts of infiltration, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, Army (3/8 GR) in forward Sudhpora area of Karnah Kupwara.

The spokesman said that during the search operation, an infiltrator was challenged by the joint party who started firing indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter.

“In the ensuing encounter, one militant of proscribed outfit LeT was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter. He was identified as Mohammad Shakoor son of Mohammad Yaqoob resident of Syedpora Leepa (PaK),” he said.

He added that incriminating materials and arms/ammunition including 01 AK-47 rifle (short), 02 AK-47 Magazines, 01 Pistol (9mm), 02 Pistol Magazines, 9mm 45 rounds, 02 Chinese Grenades, Pakistani Currency, Identity Card etc. have been recovered from his possession.

“All the recovered materials have been seized for the further course of investigation and a case under relevant sections of law has been registered at Police Station Karnah. Further investigation into the matter is in progress,” said police spokesman in a statement.

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