7 Militants killed within 24 Hours

114 including 32 foreign militants killed so far this year

Apropos to our earlier press note regarding ongoing anti-militant operations across Kashmir, it is further informed that 02 more militants were eliminated in Kupwara encounter taking the toll to 4. Besides, 01 terrorist was eliminated in another anti-militant operation in Pulwama.

Yesterday, 02 militants pakistani militants were killed in Chandigam Lolab area of Kupwara while as 02 more militants were killed today taking the toll to four. The killed militants include 03 Pakistani militants identified as Bambar Khan, Al-Bakash, Aftab Bhai of proscribed militant outfit LeT and a local tt Showket Ahmad Sheikh resident of Sedow Shopian on whose disclosure the said operation was conducted. It is pertinent to mention that militant Showket was mastermind behind an IED blast in a private vehicle at Sedow Shopian in which one soldier was martyred and other injured. During his interrogation it was revealed that he used to ferry militants and Arms/Ammunition from Lolab to Shopian. Kupwara Police got his custody changed by the order of Hon’ble Court and arrested in one militant related case. During his interrogation in Kupwara he revealed several sensitive information related to militants operating in Lolab valley of Kupwara. On his disclosure, an operation was launched and he also got trapped in initial ensuing encounter in which one foreign militant was killed. Several attempts were made to rescue him but he also got killed in firing of militants. Later on two more foreign militants got killed.

Incriminating materials, arms/ammunition including 02 AK-series rifles, 06 AK Magazines, 01 M-4 rifle along with 01 Magazine and 03 live grenades were recovered from their possession.

Moreover in Pulwama, on a specific regarding presence of militant in village Chatpora area of Pulwama, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, Army (55RR) and CRPF (182Bn) in the said area. As the joint party proceeded towards the suspected spot the hiding militant fired indiscriminately upon the search party which was retaliated effectively by the joint forces leading to an encounter.

In the ensuing encounter, one terrorist was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter. He has been identified as Suhail Ahmad Khan son of Gh Mohi-ud-din Khan resident of Maidan Chogal Handwara and linked with proscribed militant outfit LeT. As per police records, the killed militant was involved in several militant crime cases including attacks on Police/security forces and other civilian atrocities.

Incriminating materials, arms/ammunition has been recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation.

IGP Kashmir Shri Vijay Kumar congratulated the joint teams for carrying out anti-militant operations in professional manner without any collateral damage. He also termed the elimination of 7 militants in less than 24hrs as a big success taking the toll of total killed militants to 114 including 32 foreigners so far in this year.

Regarding all these incidents, Police have registered cases under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated. People are requested to cooperate with Police till the areas are completely sanitized and cleared off of all the explosive materials, if any.

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