Militant Injured In Anantnag Dies at SMHS

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Srinagar: A Hizbul Mujahideen militant, who was critically injured in a shootout with state forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Thursday, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital here on Friday.

Zahoor Abbas Lone of Inder Pulwama, who was undergoing treatment for gunshot wounds in his abdomen after Thursday’s gunfight with the government forces in Naina area of Sangam, passed away at the SMHS hospital here, reports said.

Zahoor’s death comes a week after his wife Rozy Jaan died after suffering a cardiac arrest. Lone’s brother Nisar was also a militant and was killed in an encounter with government forces in 1999.

According to a police spokesperson, Lone was arrested at a checkpoint laid during the intervening night of December 16-17 near Gund Baba Khaleel along Sangam Naina road on the basis of a specific input.

“During checking, two suspected persons riding a motorcycle were signalled to stop. However, the pillion rider fired upon the joint party in order to escape from the spot,” the police spokesperson had said,

“The fire was retaliated, leading to a brief encounter, in which an active (militant) got injured while the motorcyclist managed to escape from the spot,” he added.

The police spokesperson further said that incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter.

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