SRINAGAR: Four militants, including a commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), were killed in a gunfight with government forces in Futlipora village of central Kashmir’s Budgam district and Bomie area of Sopore in Baramulla district on Thursday, police said.
“Acting on specific information, Budgam police along with 10 Garwal and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Fotlipora area of Police Post Pakherpora, Char-i-Sharief Budgam,” said a spokesman.
“During the search operation, militants hiding in the area fired upon the joint search party. The fire was retaliated, ensuing an encounter,” he said.
Three militants were killed in the gunfight, said a spokesman. “One of the slain militants was identified as Shabir Ahmad Dar, resident of Thokerpora Pulwama. The identity of other two foreign militants is being ascertained,” he said.
Three AK rifles, three AK magazines, 111 AK rounds and other ammunition were recovered from the gunfight site.
He said that police along with 22 RR and 179, 92 and 177 Bn CRPF launched a cordon in Kumar Mohalla Sagipora in the jurisdiction of Police Station Bomie, Sopore after “specific information” regarding the presence of militants.
During searches, militant hiding in a Nallah near water point fired upon the joint search party.
“The fire was retaliated in which the said militant was gunned down. The militant was later identified as Muzamil from Pakistan affiliated with LeT outfit, Commander of North Kashmir,” he said.
One AK rifle, five AK magazines, 124 AK rounds, 01 UBGL, 05 UBGL rounds and other ammunition was recovered from the encounter site.
Eight protesters were injured, three with bullet wounds, in clashes near the site of the gunfight.__GKNews