Tral Gunfight: All 6 Militants Identified As Locals

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SRINAGAR — Police on Saturday morning identified all the six militants who were earlier killed in a brief encounter at Tral area of Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

A senior police officer said that all the slain militants are locals and were affiliated with Zakir Musa led group Ansar Ghazat-ul-Hind.

He identified the slain as Soliha Mohammad Akhoon son of Ghulam Mohammad Akhoon of Arampora, Rasik Mir son of Ghulam Qadir, Rouf Mir son of Ghulam Nabi, Umer Ramzan son of Mohammad Ramzan Mir, residents of Dadsara, Nadeem Sofi son of Mohammad Muzaffar Sofi of Batgund, Tral at present Dadsara and Faisal Javid Khanday son of Javid Khanday of Amlar Awantipora.

Soliha was Deputy Chief of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, he said, adding that all the slain were involved in many militancy-related attacks including grenade throwing incidents in recent past in Awantpora police district.

After conducting all legal formalities, the bodies of the slain will be handed over to their respective families for last rites, he said.

Earlier, the officer said that the gunfight broke out after a joint team of army’s 42 RR, SOG and CRPF fired some warning shots towards a militant hideout situated in an orchard along the Tral-Awantipora road during a cordon-and-search operation.  

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