Militant Killed in Sopore Shootout

SRINAGAR: One militant was killed while another managed to escape when a joint party of police and RR surrounded them in an apple orchard in Sopore during late hours on Thursday.

Deputy inspector General of Police, North Kashmir, J.P.Singh said that Divisional Commander of Hizbul Mujhadhen Naveed alias Fareed arrested a day before disclosed during interrogation the whereabvouts of two of his colleagues leading to the incident. 

“We interrogated him and during the process he disclosed that the duo Hilal Ahmad Molvi and Shabbir Ahmad Sheikh were hiding in an orchard near Amargarh, Sopore Railway Station. We accordingly cordoned the orchard and when we searching for the two they fired upon search party of SOG Sopore and 52 RR,” Singh said and added that during the shootout, Shabir Ahmed Shiekh alias Shaka died on the spot while Hilal Ahmed Molvi managed to escape the forces dragnet.

“We recovered 2 AK 47 riffles and one pistol from the spot while the search operation was on to trace the other militant,” he said.

Police sources said that Shabir Ahmed Shiekh from Raipora Palhalan, Pattan had recently joined Hizb outfit. “He was involved in scores of stone pelting cases and to save himself from constant police raids he had recently joined the Hizb ranks,” CNS quoting an unnamed police officer said. 

‘He Was From LeT’

SRINAGAR: LeT Divisional Commander for North Kashmir Fahad Ullah was arrested last evening and on his revelation one militant was killed today in Sopore, this was stated by GOC Kilo Force, Sarath Chand and IGP Abdul Ghani Mir in a press conference at Srinagar today.

Giving details IGP said that “On 17/04/13 based on a specific information a joint team of police and Army 22 RR apprehended a Pakistani terrorist Qari Naveed alias Fahad Ullah resident of Multan who was functioning as Divisional Commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba in North Kashmir”.

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