5 Hizb-LeT mil­i­tants gunned down in Kash­mir’s Kul­gam

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SRI­NA­GAR : Five mil­i­tants of the Hizbul Mu­jahideen and Lashkare-Taiba were killed in a gun­fight with se­cu­rity forces in south Kash­mir’s Kul­gam dis­trict in the dead­li­est en­counter in the Val­ley this year, the po­lice said on Sun­day.

A joint party of the army, po­lice, and the Cen­tral Re­serve Po­lice Force (CRPF) launched a cor­don and search op­er­a­tion early on Sun­day af­ter in­for­ma­tion about the pres­ence of mil­i­tants in Kel­lam area of the dis­trict. SSP Harmeet Singh Me­hta said that they had in­for­ma­tion about mil­i­tants hid­ing in a house which was cor­doned be­fore sun­rise.

“Since they were lo­cals, we asked them to sur­ren­der. They did not pay heed and opened fire af­ter which we re­tal­i­ated. The en­counter con­tin­ued for around eight hours. Five mil­i­tants were killed and five AK 47 ri­fles and other am­mu­ni­tion was re­cov­ered. The house in which they were hid­ing was also dam­aged,” the SSP said.

A po­lice spokesper­son said that the mil­i­tants were part of a com­bined group of pro­scribed ter­ror out­fits—Hizbul Mu­jahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba. They were iden­ti­fied as Waseem Ah­mad Rather, Aqib Nazir Mir, Par­vaiz Ah­mad Bhat , Idrees Ah­mad Bhat and Zahid Ah­mad Par­ray. Lo­cals said Waseem had done a mas­ters de­gree and was pur­su­ing higher stud­ies when he joined mil­i­tancy last year.

The spokesper­son said Waseem, Aqib and Par­vaiz were in­volved in the killings of a civil­ian, Mo­hammed Iqbal Kawaq and a lo­cal army per­son­nel Mukhtar Ah­mad. “The group of ter­ror­ists was also in­volved in var­i­ous grenade at­tack across Anant­nag and Kul­gam dis­tricts,” the spokesper­son said.


Clashes broke out near the en­counter site be­tween forces and lo­cal peo­ple, who al­legedly pelted stones. Au­thor­i­ties stopped in­ter­net ser­vices in the area to stop fur­ther es­ca­la­tion of ten­sion. Rafi Ah­mad Salati, Kul­gam’s block med­i­cal of­fi­cer, said about 20 peo­ple were in­jured by pel­lets.


Army­men near a house where mil­i­tants were hid­ing dur­ing an en­counter in Kash­mir’s Kul­gam dis­trict on Sun­day.

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