The three militants killed in a gunfight with the government forces in Binner village of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday were affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit, police said.
A police spokesman in a statement identified the slain militants as Suhaib Farooq Akhoon son of Farooq Ahmad Akhoon a resident of Khanpora Baramulla, Mohsin Mushtaq Bhat son of Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat Qazi Hamam Baramulla, Nasir Ahmad Darzi son of Mohammad Amin Darzi a resident of Sangrampora Batpora Sopore A/P Jamia Qadeem Baramulla.
“As per the police records all the three killed militants were affiliated with proscribed militant outfit LeT and were wanted by the law for their complicity in a series of crimes including the attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities,” the spokesman said.
“All the three slain militants according to the police records were active in Baramulla and Sopore areas and had a long history of criminal records for which several cases were registered against them,” he said.
“They were involved in the gruesome killing of three young boys in Baramulla in April 2018 namely Haseeb Nabi Khan S/O Gh. Nabi Khan R/O Kakarhamam, Irfan Ahmad Sheikh S/O Ali Mohd Sheikh R/O Syed Karim, Mohd Asgar Sheikh S/O Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh R/O Kakarhamam Baramulla for which case FIR No: 74 of 2018 under section 302 RPC, 7/27 Arms Act is under investigation at Police Station Baramulla,” he added.
The spokesman said that in the aforementioned case, one militant Ajaz Ahmad Gojri S/O Ab. Rehman Gojri R/O Jamia Mohalla Baramulla who was part of the group involved in the killing of above mentioned three youths has been arrested earlier.
“Moreover they were also involved in conspiring and executing several terror attacks on security establishments in the area including grenade attacks on Police Station Baramulla on 2/12/2017 and 2/01/2018 respectively,” he said.
“It is to mention that they were provided with ample opportunity to surrender however they fired on the security forces from their hideout leading to the exchange of fire in which all the three militants got killed. Pertinently due to the efforts of security forces it was a clean operation and no collateral damage took place during the encounter,” the spokesman said.
“Arms & ammunition including 3 AK 47 rifles were recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in case records for further investigation and probe their complicity in other terror cases,” he said.
“Citizens are once again requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any,” police spokesman in a statement said.