Militants slain in Sopore gunfight were affiliated with JeM: Police

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Srinagar

Two militants killed in a gunfight with the counter-insurgent forces in Malamapanpora Warpora area in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district were affiliated with Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) group, police said on Saturday.

“The slain militants have been identified as Umar Shahbaz Wani of Bandipora and a foreigner from Pakistan code-named Khalid,” said a police spokesman.

Both the slain militants as per police records were affiliated with proscribed outfit JeM and were wanted by law for their complicity in crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities, he said.

According to police records, Khalid was part of groups involved in planning and executing a series of attacks in the area and many other civilian atrocities. Several crime cases were registered against him, he added.

He said that similarly Umar Shahbaz was also involved in crimes.

“Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crimes,” he said.

“People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any,” said a police spokesman.

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