Police identifies militants killed in Pulwama gunfight

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Srinagar

The four militants
killed in a gunfight with the government forces in Lassipora area of south
Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday were affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba and
Hizbul Mujadeen outfits.

The slain militants
were identified as Zaffar Paul son of Mohammad Ahsan resident of Dangerpora
Shopian, Tawseef Ahmad Itoo son of Abdul Aziz resident of Gudbug Pulwama, Aqib
Ahmad Kumar son of Bashir Ahmad resident of Hellow Shopian and Mohammad Shafi
Bhat son of Ghulam Mohammad resident Sedow Shopian.

The spokesman said that
according to the police records, it was a combined group of proscribed militant
outfits HM and LeT.

“They were wanted
by law for their complicity in a series of crimes including attack on security
establishments and civilian atrocities,” he said.

“As per police
records, Tauseef had a long history of crime records and several terror crime
cases were registered against him including FIR No. 281/2016, 509/2016, 19/2018
registered in P/S Pulwama and 33/2018 registered at P/S Litter. He was involved
in conspiring and executing many attacks in the area,” said the spokesman.

“Similarly, Zaffar
was involved in many  crimes cases which
include FIR No. 290/2017, 307/2018, 13/2019, which were registered against him
in Police Station Shopian.  Aqib Ahmad
and Mohammad Shafi were also involved in crimes in the area,” he said.

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

“Citizens are once
again requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can
prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to
cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all
the explosives materials if any,” said police spokesman in a statement.

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