Militants Slain In Kulgam Gunfight Identified

SRINAGAR: Three militants killed in a gunfight with the counter-insurgent forces in Chimmer area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district were affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit (TRF), police said.

A police spokesman in a statement said that acting on specific information generated by Kulgam Police about the presence of militants in Chimmer area of Kulgam, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Kulgam Police, 18Bn CRPF and 09RR in the said area.

“During the search operation as the presence of militants got ascertained they were repeatedly appealed to surrender, however, they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search parties in which 2 Army men got injured and airlifted to Srinagar based Army hospital. SFs also retaliated which leading to an encounter,” said the spokesman.

“In the ensuing encounter, three militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. They have been identified as Waseem Ahmad Bangroo resident of Redwani Kulgam, Shahnawaz Ahmad resident of Kilbal Shopian and Zakir Bashir resident of Chimmer Kulgam. All the slain were affiliated with proscribed LeT terror outfit ( self claimed TRF),” he said.

“Pertinently, Zakir Bashir had recently joined the proscribed outfit. As per police records, all the killed militants were part of group involved in various crimes,” he added.

“Incriminating material including arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. In this connection police has registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared off of all the explosive materials, if any,” said police spokesman in a statement.

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