Militants Slain In Bandipora Gunfight Identified

SRINAGAR: Militant killed in a gunfight with the counter-insurgent forces in Chandajji forest area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district was affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit, an official said.

A police spokesman in a statement said that a foreign LeT militant Babar Ali who had escaped from Shokbaba encounter on 24 July was killed in an encounter at Chandajji forest area of Bandipora today.

“It is pertinent to mention that, on July 23/24 three militants of proscribed outfit LeT including Sharik Altaf (who had ex-filtrated in 2018) were killed in Shokbaba encounter,” said the spokesman, adding that “however, militant Babar Ali had managed to escape from the said encounter site and was being continuously tracked rigorously thereafter.”

“In furtherance of the tracking and after pinpointing his presence in Chandajji forest area today a joint operation was launched by Police, 26 Assam Rifles & CRPF in the said area,” said the spokesman.

“During the search operation, the hiding militant fired upon the search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter. In the ensuing encounter, the hiding militant Babar Ali resident of Ugada district of Punjab Pakistan was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter,” he said.

“Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including 01 AK-rifle, 02 AK-Magazines, 40 AK-rounds, 01 pouch, 01 wireless set and 01 medicine bag were recovered from the site of encounter,” he added.

In this connection, Police has registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated, said the spokesman.

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