Tral Gunfight: Slain Militant Was Affiliated With Al-Badr, Says Police

SRINAGAR: An Al-Badr militant was killed in a gunfight with security forces in Machoma Tral area of Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday.

A senior Police officer told news agency GNS that in the initial exchange of fire one militant of Al-Badr identified as Irfan Ahmad Dar resident of Gadikal was killed. He had joined the outfit on 20th August this year.

The police officer further said that a civilian was brought to the encounter site to persuade the hiding militant to surrender, but he refused.

Reports said the gunfight broke out after a joint team of Police and Army’s 42 RR launched a cordon-and-search-operation in Machoma Tral.

As the joint team encircled the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them. The fire was retaliated by the joint team, triggering off an encounter.

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