Militants Slain In Twin Encounters Identified

SRINAGAR: Four militants killed in a gunfight with the counter-insurgent forces in twin encounters at south Kashmir’s Shopian district were affiliated with the with Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-i- Toiba outfits, an official said.

A police spokesman in a statement said that Police along with counter4 insurgent forces have killed four local militants in twin encounters in Shopian district of South Kashmir.

The spokesman said that besides, one person died after a rifle of a policeman went-off accidentally at Hall area of Pulwama.

He said that yesterday at about 2005hrs, Police along with Army (44RR) and CRPF (14 Bn) launched a joint cordon and search operation in village Drach Keegam area of Shopian following an input regarding presence of militants in the said area.

“As the joint search party proceeded towards the suspected spot the hiding militants fired indiscriminately upon the search party. The joint party retaliated effectively leading to an encounter,” he added.

The spokesman in a statement said that in the ensuing encounter, 3 local militants linked with proscribed outfit JeM were killed and their bodies were recovered from the site of encounter.

“They have been identified as Zubair Maqbool Wani resident of Doompora Keegam, Jamsheed Ahmad Magray resident of Rajpora & Hanaan Bin Yaqoob  @ Saqib resident of Kareemabad Pulwama,” he said.

He added that as per police records, all the killed militants were categorized militants and were involved in several crime cases including attacks on Police/SFs and civilian atrocities.

“Militants Hanan Bin Yaqoob and Jamsheed were involved in recent killing of SPO Javed Dar on 02/10/2022 at Pinglana area of Pulwama,” said the spokesman, adding that they were also involved in killing of an outside labourer from West Bengal in Gadoora.

He added that besides, militant Jamshed was involved in Ratnipora attack where he shot and injured two outside labourers.

The spokesman said that meanwhile, today morning in the wee hours, on a specific input regarding presence of militant at Moolu area of Shopian, police along with Army (44 RR) and CRPF (178 Bn) launched a joint cordon and search operation in the said area.

“As the joint search party approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militant fired indiscriminately which was effectively retaliated by the joint search party resulting the elimination of a local militant. He has been identified as Arif Rashid Wani resident of Shirmal,” said the police spokesman.

“As per Police records the killed militant was a categorised militant linked with proscribed outfit LeT. He was involved in several militant crime cases including attacks on Police/SFs and civilian atrocities,” he said .

“Arms & ammunition including 04 AK series rifles, 01 Pistol, 08 AK magazines, 04 Pistol magazines & other incriminating materials were recovered from both the encounter sites. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation,” he added.

“Regarding the incidents, cases under relevant sections of law have been registered at respective police stations and further investigations have been initiated. People are requested to cooperate with Police till the areas at encounter sites are completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any,” said police spokesman in a statement.

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