Slain militant buried, believed to be Pak national

Srinagar: The militant whose body was recovered last evening from forest area near Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara in north Kashmir has been identified as a “Pakistani national” and was laid to rest on Wednesday.
A police official told GNS said that the body of the militant which was recovered alongwith an AK-47 rifle and other warlike stores by army’s 41 RR during a search operation in forest areas of Trumnad and Kumkadi in Safawali sector near LoC yesterday was handed over to local Auqaf committee at Gonipora, Haihama by the concerned police station.
Today, afternoon, hundreds of locals participated in the funeral prayers and the slain was later buried at the local graveyard in Gonipora village, they said.
Official sources said that the slain militant is believed to be Sajaad Bhai, a Lashkar-e-Taiba commander, a resident of Multan, Pakistan. However, there was no official confirmation regarding this immediately.
“The slain was active in the Haihama belt and Vilgam area since 2012 and was mostly active in receiving the infiltrators along the LoC”, they said.
Meanwhile, a police officer said that the initial investigations revealed that the militant might had slipped during heavy rains and snowfall last week and subsequently died of severe cold.
“The militant after completed his tenure in the region was trying to ex-filtrate and got trapped in the mountainous region due to bad weather”, he said.
“A case has been registered and further investigations have been taken up”, the official added.
Meanwhile, army’s 41 RR intensified the searches in the Trumnad, Kumkadi and Safawali forest areas along LoC following inputs about the presence of two to three militants in the area.

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