Pulwama Encounter: 2 Militants Involved in Attack on BJP Leader's House Among 3 Killed

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Three militants, including 2 who were progressive successful an onslaught connected a BJP leader's location here, were killed successful an brushwood with information forces connected Friday successful Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, constabulary said. The brushwood took spot aboriginal successful the greeting aft information forces launched a cordon and hunt cognition successful Ghat Mohalla successful the district's Kakapora area, a constabulary authoritative said.

During searches successful the country successful southbound Kashmir, the militants fired connected the information forces, who retaliated, and an brushwood ensued, helium said. Three militants were killed, the authoritative said.

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, said that 2 of the 3 slain militants were progressive successful Thursday's onslaught connected BJP person Anwar Ahmad's residence successful Nowgam country of the city, successful which a policeman, Rameez Raja, was killed. The 2 were portion of a radical of 4 militants who had attacked Anwar Ahmed's residence connected Thursday, officials said, adding that the different 2 are astatine large.

Kumar said the onslaught successful Nowgam was carried retired jointly by 4 militants of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Al-Badr outfits, and an SLR firearm snatched from policeman Raja connected Thursday was recovered from the brushwood tract astatine Ghat Mohalla. Addressing a property league astatine the constabulary power country here, the IGP said that the information forces solved the lawsuit successful little than 24 hours.

Kumar said constabulary person arrested 3 persons successful transportation with the onslaught connected Ahmed. "Police pursued a pb and arrested an OGW (over crushed worker) Ishfaq Ahmed, who provided names of 2 much persons. We arrested some of them arsenic well. On further questioning, we got to cognize that 3 terrorists were hiding wrong a location successful Ghat Mohalla. A cordon was laid and astatine 4:35 americium and firing started," helium said.

The IGP said the militants refused to surrender and took 4 to 5 civilians hostage. "That is wherefore the cognition got delayed. We took the hostages retired and past the brushwood started successful which 3 terrorists were killed. The slain terrorists were identified arsenic Suhail Nisar Lone and Yasir Wani, some residents of Khrew country of Pulwama, and Junaid Ahmad from Prichoo, Pulwama. All the 3 had joined (militants ranks) this twelvemonth — 2 successful February and 1 successful March," helium said.

Kumar said that 2 of them were progressive successful Thursday's Nowgam onslaught on with 2 others from Srinagar. "Lone was the 1 who was wearing a 'burqa' connected Thursday (during the attack). Two of them were affiliated with the Al-Badr outfit. We recovered 1 AK-47 rifle, 1 pistol and the SLR firearm from them. This is the aforesaid SLR that was snatched during the Nowgam onslaught which proves they were progressive successful yesterday's attack," helium said.

He said the 2 militants, who were portion of the Nowgam onslaught and are connected the run, are of the Lashkar-e-Taiba and hail from Srinagar. "Efforts are connected to hint the 2 Srinagar-based militants. We volition get them soon," helium said.

The IGP said a conveyance utilized by militants successful the onslaught has besides been seized. "The conveyance was recovered extracurricular the location wherever the brushwood took spot (on Friday). It belongs to the house's owner. We volition apprehension him nether UAPA (Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act)," helium said.

He said a pistillate suffered a slug coiled successful her limb during cross-firing adjacent the brushwood site, portion 3 civilians suffered pellet injuries. "All are stable," Kumar said. Asked however galore militants were progressive successful Srinagar, the IGP said determination were six of them including the 2 who are wanted successful the Nowgam onslaught case.

"We are moving connected leads and precise soon they volition either beryllium arrested, killed oregon brought back," Kumar said, adding "we volition not let the concern successful Srinagar to crook bad".

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