Militant Found Dead 4 Days After Budgam Gunfight

Srinagar- The body of a militant, who was injured in an encounter in Check Kawoosa village of central Kashmir’s Budgam district, was recovered from a stream near the site of the gunfight late las night, police said on Friday.

A senior police officer said that the body was recovered after four days with the help of Marine commandos from Sukhnag Nallah in which the militant had jumped after suffering bullet injury in his neck during the brief encounter.

The encounter had broken out on Monday after state forces launched a cordon and search operation in Kawoosa area of the central Kashmir district following specific information about the presence of militants there.

Soon after the initial exchange of firing, clashes broke out near the encounter site as groups of youths pelted stones at the forces personnel who chased away the protesters by firing tear smoke shells.

While the gunfight stopped after a while, the state forces continued the search operation and after four days of searches in the area, a militant’s body was recovered, the official said.

The militant has been identified as Aqib Ahmed Lone, a resident of Aglar area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Lone was affiliated with Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), the official said.

He said the state forces have also recovered a bag containing some arms and ammunition including a fully-loaded AK magazine, 13 Chinese grenades, 14 knives, 25 mobile phones and a ‘pheran’ (Kashmiri cloak) during searches in the stream.


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