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Slain was involved in civilian killings: Police; 10 militants killed in ensuing month in Kashmir, 122 killed this year; 31 alone in July month, say officials

(Asian News Hub) – A top militant commander of Jaish-e-Muhammad outfit was killed in an encounter in Waggad area of Tral area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday.

A senior police officer told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that based on specific inputs a cordon and search operation was launched by a joint team of police, CRPF and 42 RR.

He said that as forces zeroed in towards the suspected spot, hiding militants fired upon forces which retaliated, leading to an encounter.

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He said that in the ensuing gunfight one militant was killed who was later identified as Shamsudin Sofi of Satura village of Tral, who was active since June 24, 2019.

“Search operation was continued in the area to check whether any more militant is hiding in the area, however, after conducting searches for hours nothing was found,” the official ⁰said.

A police spokesman in a statement said that on a specific input generated by Awantipora police regarding presence of militants in Tilwani Mohalla, Waggad area of Tral, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, Army and CRPF in the area.

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“During the search operation, as the presence of militants got ascertained, they were given repeated opportunities to surrender; instead they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” the spokesman said. “In the ensuing encounter, one militant was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter. He has been identified as Shamus-ud-Din Sofi alias Sham Sofi, a top commander of JeM.”

The spokesman said that as per police records, the killed militant was categorized and active since June-2019 figuring among the list of most wanted militants operating in the valley. “He was also part of groups involved in several crime cases including attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities to which several cases stands already registered against him,” the spokesman said.

Pertinently, the killed militant was first arrested in 2004 and detained under PSA. “He was also involved in providing logistic support, shelter to the active militants operating in the Tral area before joining militancy,” the police spokesman said.

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“Moreover, he was also involved in motivating local youth to join militancy, reviving the militancy in the Tral area and conspiring to destabilize the system by means of various militancy acts. Besides, he was also involved in threatening the law-abiding citizens and policemen also.”

The spokesman said incriminating materials including arms & ammunition were also recovered from the site of encounter. “All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation. Police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and further investigation is in progress,” the spokesman said. Meanwhile, a police official said that 10 militants have been killed in Kashmir so far in the ensuing month.

On October 1, one newly recruited militant was killed in Rakhama, Shopian, on October 8, one militant from Shopian was killed in Srinagar, two—one each in Bandipora and Anantnag on October 11 and five in two separate encounters in Shopian on October 12. A police official told KNO that this year so far, 122 militants have been killed in Kashmir. The figure includes those killed along the LoC who were trying to sneak into this side.

As per officials, July this year, was the deadliest month as 31 militants mainly from LeT were killed in the month alone. “Three militants were killed in January, followed by 5 in February, 11 in March, 17 in April, 11 in May, 11 in June, 31 militants in July, 16 in August and 8 in September,” the officials said.

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Driver killed in Ramban

(Asian News Hub) – Body of a 38-year-old man was found at a graveyard in Zaldagar area of Srinagar on Saturday morning.

Official sources told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the body of 38-year-old man identified as Feroz Ahmad Tarray resident of Zaldagar was found at graveyard.

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He said that a police party reached the spot and shifted the body to a nearby hospital, while further investigation has been launched to ascertain the cause of his death.

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Encounter rages in Drangbal Pampore

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Top LeT Commander involved in killing of two cops in Baghat trapped: IGP Kashmir

(Asian News Hub) – An encounter broke out between security forces and militants in Drangbal Pampore area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, officials said on Saturday morning.

An official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that a joint of team of police, Army and CRPF after receiving information about the presence of militants launched search operation in the area.

He said that as the joint team of forces intensified searches towards suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon the party, which was retaliated, thus triggering an encounter.

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He said that the exchange of fire is on in the area and one to two militants are believed to be trapped in the area.

Meanwhile, IGP Kashmir said that top Let Commander involved Umar Mushtaq Khanday who was involved in killing of two cops at Baghat is trapped in Pampore encounter.

Pertinently, umar was recently named among top 10 militants in Kashmir.

“LeT commander amongst #top 10 #militant namely Umar Mustaq Khandey who was involved in #killing of two police personnel at Baghat #Srinagar & other terror crimes trapped in Pampore #Encounter: IGP Kashmir.” Kashmir police zone tweeted.

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In 3 hours; two LeT (TRF) militants killed in Pulwama, Sgr encounters: Police

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Militant killed in Pulwama was involved in killing of PDD employee at Batamaloo; Slain at Bemina encounter had killed SI Arshid at Khanyar, both slain locals; now only 3 militants active from Sgr district; 11 militants killed in 8 encounters this month: IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar

(Asian News Hub) – Jammu and Kashmir police Friday said that two Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF) militants were killed in two separate encounters in southern Pulwama and Srinagar, who were involved in the killing of a civilian and probationary sub-inspector.

A police officer told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that based on a specific input, police, army and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in village Wahibugh area of Pulwama. “During the search operation, when the suspected house where the militant was hiding, was zeroed-in, repeated offers of surrender were made. But the militant fired indiscriminately at the forces triggering a gun-battle,” he said. “In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Shahid Bashir Shiekh, resident of Habba Kadal, Srinagar was killed and his body retrieved from the site of encounter.” The officer said that slain militant had joined militancy recently and was linked with Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF). Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar told KNO that slain militant Shahid was involved in the killing of civilian and PDD employee Muhammad Shafi Dar of Batamaloo, Srinagar. “We have recovered an AK-47 riffle from the slain militant,” the IGP said.

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About the second encounter, police said based on a specific input by police about the presence of a militant at Hamdaniya Colony Bemina area of Srinagar, an operation was launched by the police in the area. “During the search operation, the hiding militant was asked to surrender but he fired at the forces triggering an encounter,” a police official said, adding that “In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Tanzeel Ahmed, a resident of Haba Kadal, Srinagar.

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He said that the slain Tanzeel was involved in the killing of Probationary Sub Inspector Arshid Ashraf at Khanyar, Srinagar on September 12. The Kashmir police chief said that Shahid and Tanzil were also “collaborators in recent killings of a chemist and two teachers in the city.” The IGP Kashmir said that after recent civilian killings, Srinagar based militants had shifted to South Kashmir “but we continued to track their movements and managed to zero in on them today.”

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“Now only three militants are active as two have been killed today. We are after the remaining three and will soon get them,” the IGP said, both the encounters took place within a span of three hours. “Both operations are over and two-AK-47 rifles have been recovered from the two slain militants,” he said.

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