Lashkar’s ‘Chotu Sultan’ Killed In Kreeri Gunfight: Police 


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Srinagar: Police on Saturday claimed to have killed a Pakistani militant of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in an encounter in Baramulla district of north Kashmir.

State forces launched a cordon and search operation in Check-i-Saloosa area of Kreeri after receiving specific information about the presence of militants in the area, a police spokesperson said.

He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants turned down surrender offer and opened fire at a search party of the forces, who retaliated.

In the ensuing encounter, the police spokesperson said that one militant was killed. The body of the militant was retrieved from the encounter site.

Quoting reliable sources, the police spokesperson said that the slain militant is said to be Anees alias Chotu Sultan, a Pak national affiliated with LeT. He said the body shall be sent to Baramulla for his last rites after conducting medico-legal formalities including collection of his DNA sample.

“Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe his complicity in other crimes,” the police spokesperson said.

He said that a case under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Kreeri and further investigation has been initiated.

The police spokesperson also urged people to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any.

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