‘Suicide Bomber’ Killed In Srinagar Shootout: Police

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SRINAGAR: Police on Friday claimed that a militant killed in a late night operation in Bemina area of the city here on Thursday was a suicide bomber who wanted to carry out a Lethpora type strike.

Amir Riyaz of Khrew, Pampore was a relative of one of the accused militants of Lethpora attack and preliminary investigation indicated that he was assigned to carry out a similar kind of fidayeen attack, a police spokesperson said Friday.

Riyaz, he said, was associated with Mujahideen Gazwatul Hind and digital evidence recovered from his mobile show that he was prepared by the militant outfit for fidayeen attack.

Giving details of the operation, the police spokesperson said that acting on specific input about possible attack and movement of militants in Bemina area, a joint checkpoint was established to thwart such evil designs.

In the meantime, he said, militants attacked a checkpoint established near Bund Bemina which was retaliated leading to an encounter.

“The further reinforcement was rushed to the spot, 2RR and Valley QRT CRPF also joined the operation. In the ensuing encounter, one terrorist of proscribed outfit Mujahideen Gazwatul Hind was eliminated and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter,” he said.

The police spokesperson claimed that one AK-rifle was recovered from the Bemina encounter site.

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