SRINAGAR:Three terrorists, together with the 2 who have been concerned in Thursday’s assault on BJP chief Muhammad Anwar Khan’s home in Nowgam have been killed in an encounter with safety forces on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, IGP-Kashmir vary Vijay Kumar stated.
“Police pursued leads provided by arrested over ground worker (OGW) Ishfaq Ahmed and laid a siege at the Ghat Mohalla area in Pulwama district. Firing started at 4:35am,” he stated.
“The militants refused to surrender and instead took five civilians in hostage. That’s why the operation got delayed,” Kumar stated, including “we managed to take the hostages out and then the encounter started in which three terrorists were killed.”
The slain terrorists have been recognized as Suhail Nisar Lone and Yasir Wani, each residents of Khrew space of Pulwama, and Junaid Ahmad from Prichoo in the identical district. “All the three had joined (militants ranks) this year — two in February and one in March,” the IGP stated.
Kumar stated Suhail and Junaid have been concerned within the assault on Khan’s residence during which a policeman was killed and his riffle was snatched. “Suhail is the one who was wearing a burqa. Both were affiliated with the Al-Badr outfit. We recovered one Ak-47 riffle, one pistol and the SLR riffle that was snatched in the Nowgam attack,” the IGP stated, including that two extra Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists primarily based in Srinagar, Obaid and Shahid, are nonetheless on the run.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that Lashkar and Al-Badr had collectively carried out the Nowgam assault. The IGP stated a automobile (Alto) utilized by militants within the assault has additionally been seized. “The vehicle was found outside the house where the encounter took place (on Friday). It belongs to the house owner. We will arrest him under UAPA [Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act],” he stated.
A girl suffered a bullet wound in her leg throughout cross-firing close to the encounter website, whereas three civilians suffered pellet accidents. “All are stable,” Kumar stated.
Asked what number of militants have been energetic in Srinagar, the IGP stated there have been six of them together with the 2 who’re needed within the Nowgam assault case. “We are working on leads and very soon they will either be arrested, killed or brought back,” Kumar stated, including “we will not allow the situation in Srinagar to turn bad”.