Pak trained local militant, associate killed in Shopian

Shopian, Mar 9: Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Monday, police said.

Security forces, including police, 1st RR and 178 Bn CRPF, launched a cordon and search operation in Khojpora, Reban area on Monday morning after receiving specific information about the presence of LeT militants there, a police official said.

He said the operation turned into an encounter after the militants fired upon a search party which retaliated.

The official said two militants were killed in the gunfight.

The slain were identified as Shabir Ahmad Malik @Abu Maviya resident of Tungduno Yaripora Kulgam who was active since December 2017 and Amir Ahmad Dar resident of Wadina Melhoura who was active since 2019.

“During the search of the encounter site one AK -47, one UBGL, one AK-47 magazine, one Chinese pistol, one magazine of Chinese pistol and five 9 mm live rounds were recovered from the encounter site,” the official said.

“In this connection case FIR No. 11/2020 U/S: -16, 18, 19 ULA (P) Act, 7/27, I Arms ACT, 307 1PC, has been registered in police station Zainapora and the investigation set into motion,” he added.

“It is pertinent to mention that Shabir Ahmad Malik @ Abu Mayiya was Pakistan trained militant and was involved in various militancy related cases in south Kashmir including case FIR NO. 22/2018 U/S:-13, 20 ULA (P) ACT, FIR N0. 73/2019 U/S 13 ULA (P) ACT, 506 RPC, 7/25 I Arms ACT, FIR No 17/2019 U/S:13, 18, 19, 38 39 ULA (P) ACT of Police Station Yaripora of District Kulgam,” the official said.

Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, internet services were suspended in Kulgam and Shopian districts of southern Kashmir.

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