14-year-old Militant Among 3 Killed in Encounter, 7 Houses Damaged

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SRINAGAR — Two young men who had joined militant ranks few months back were shot dead along with another militant by a joint team of armed forces in a night long encounter in Srinagar outskirts on Sunday. Seven residential houses were also destroyed during the encounter that last 18-hours in Mujgund area on the outskirts of Srinagar.

Among the slain militants was 14-year-old Mudasir Rashid Parray and 17 year old Saqib Bilal both from Bandipora district. Mudasir’s photo holding an AK-47 surfaced a week ago on social media. 

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Earlier on Saturday hundreds of personnel belonging to army, paramilitary CRPF and Special Operations Group of police arrived at Mujgund and laid seige of the locality situated on Srinagar- Bandipora road. Amidst dense fog troops zeroed in on the house where militants were present following what police describerd was a ‘specific input’. 

Militants resorted to firing, police said. “The operation turned into an encounter after the militants fired on the search party”, a police spokesperson said.

An Army soldier sustained injuries. The encounter ensued which lasted  through the night for 18 long hours. All the three militants were killed after troops resorted to massive force in retaliation. Seven houses were destroyed as troops used explosives to blow some of them up while few caught fire. 

The bodies of the militants were retreaved from the rubble of the buildings and were handed over to the family for last rites and according to the family, both of them would be laid to rest on Monday.   

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The police identified the slain as Mudasir Rashid Parray, Saquib Bilal (17), both residents of Hajin Bandipora and Ali, a Pakistani. “The trio were affiliated with militant outfit LeT.”

Mudasir was a Class 9 student, who went missing from his home, with his school senior, Bilal Ahmad, a Class 11 student on August 29.

Mudasir had reportedly gone missing from his home soon after an encounter between militants and armed forces in his neighborhood. Partially charred bodies of the duo were later recovered from the debris of the houses.

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The spokesman said the arms and ammunition including rifles were recovered from the site of encounter. “All these materials have been taken in the case records for further investigation and probe their complicity in the cases.”

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