Firing in Chattabal, Suspected Militant Held

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SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Police have arrested an alleged militant who, they suspect, may be linked to the fidayeen attack in Srinagar yesterday. 

Police said suspect is a Pakistani.

Police sources said, on specific information, the security forces arrested the suspect in Chattabal area of Srinagar city barely two km from Bemina area where the guerrillas attacked a posse of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Wednesday.

The police cordoned off the Chattabal neighbourhood last evening following inputs about the presence of militants. As they neared on the house where the suspect was hiding, the alleged militant reportedly opened fire. However, he was immediately overpowered and arrested.

“He could barely fire one or two shots before he was overpowered,” said sources. “He was arrested and taken to an undisclosed location.”

They identified the suspected as Riyaz alias Abu Talib of Pakistan. They said the search for another militant who is suspected to have been part of the fidayeen group was called off late in the evening.

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