Three militants killed in Budgam gunfight identified

Srinagar

Police on Tuesday identified three militants slain in a gunfight with the government forces in central Kashmir’s Budgam district as locals.

A police spokesperson in a statement said identified the slain militants as Sabzar Ahmad son of Ali Mohammad Mir resident of Lassipora Pulwama, Syed Raban son of Mohammad Hussain resident of Nazneenpora Shopian and Towseef Ahmad Itoo son of Abdul Aziz resident of Nowpora Payeen Pulwama.

“The slain militants were affiliated with proscribed militant outfit Al-Badar and were wanted by the law for their complicity in a series of crimes including the attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities. Several crime cases were registered against them for their involvement in criminal offences,” the spokesman said.

“Incriminating material including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records for the purpose of the investigation,” said the spokesman.

“Bodies of the slain militants were handed over to their families after completion of medico-legal formalities,” he said.

“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 explosive materials if any,” the police spokesman in a statement said.

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