Pampore Gunfight: Slain Militants Identified

SRINAGAR: Two militants killed in a gunfight with the counter-insurgent forces in Khrew area of Pampore were affiliated with the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen outfit, an official said.

People gather near a house that got destroyed during an encounter at Khrew area of Pampore in Pulwama district on Friday, August 20, 2021. Two militants were killed in the gun battle. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

A police spokesman in a statement said that acting on specific information generated by Awantipora Police about the presence of militants in Khrew area of Pampore, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 50RR, 185Bn CRPF in the said area.

The spokesman in a statement said that during the search operation as the presence of militants got ascertained they were given repeated opportunities to surrender, however, they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter.

“In the ensuing encounter, two militants of proscribed terror outfit HM were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. They have been identified as Musaib Ahmad Bhat resident of Khrew Pampore and Muzamil Ahmad Rather resident of Chakoora Pulwama,” said the spokesman.

“As per police records, the slain militant Musaib Mushtaq had a history of crime records and involved in planning and executing several attacks including civilian atrocities. He was also involved in killing of a civilian Javid Ahmad Malik (Peon) at Lurgam area of Tral and part of a hit squad of Hizbul Mujahideen responsible for civilian killing in south Kashmir. However, another killed militant Muzamil Ahmad had joined militant ranks recently,” he said.

“Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including 01 AK-rifle and 01 pistol were also recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other crimes,” he added.

“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 of all the explosive materials if any,” said the spokesman.

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