Hundreds joined funeral procession
HANDWARA: Army Tuesday gunned down three militants it said belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in a fierce gun battle at Shatmohalla hamlet of Rajwara Handwara town in North Kashmir.
According to Superintendent of Police Handwara, Choudhri Muhammad Aslam, army had inputs that three militants were present in a house at Shatmohalla. Acting upon these input, army personnel from 7 Sector, 21 RR, 30 RR and personnel from Special Operation Group (SOG) Handwara jointly cordoned off the area and neutralized all the three holed up militants.
Reports said that militants were hiding in a house owned by two brothers namely Ghulam Nabi and Wali Muhammad sons of Muhammad Jabbar Ganaie. Militants engaged government forces for more than 14 hours. Both militants and Govt forces used sophisticated weapons to inflict maximum damage on each other.
SP Handwara said that following night long gunbattle all the three militants were killed Tuesday morning. The slain militants were all from Pakistan and have been identified as Lashkar Divisional Commander Abu Waqas and his associates Qari Nauman and Ubaid.
Army recovered 3 AK-47 rifles and 9 magazines from their possession, SP said.
According to reports the house in which militants were hiding was completely damaged as army used mortar shells to eliminate the holed up militants.
Locals said that Bomb Disposal Squad was called to find arms and ammunitions from the debris. At least three Army personnel were injured when a live grenade present in debris went off.
Eye witness said that one of the army jawans was seriously injured in the blast.
The mutilated bodies of the militants were handed over by police to local Auqaf Committee for the last rites. At least two thousand people, amid pro-freedom slogans, joined their funeral procession. The three were later buried in local martyrs cemetery.
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