Police Kills 2 Militants In Rangreth, Residents Protest

Forces personnel at the encounter site in Rangreth  area of Srinagar on Monday| KO Photo By Abid Bhat

Srinagar- Police said two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, one among them a foreigner, were killed in a brief encounter with government forces in Rangreth area of the city outskirts on Monday.

A naka was established by police in Rangreth area of the city outskirts on the basis of specific input regarding the movement of militants, a police spokesperson. He said a small team of cops manning one such checkpoint, came under indiscriminate fire from militants

“However, the fire was effectively retaliated, leading to a brief encounter. In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were neutralized on spot,” he said.

The police spokesperson identified one of the killed militants as Aadil Ahmad Wani of Daramdoora Shopian and another one a foreign militant, quoting credible sources.
He said both the militants were associated with LeT and as per police records were involved in several terror crime cases and civilian atrocities and played a key role in number of recent killings in Srinagar city.

He further said that Wani was a Pakistan trained “A” category militant and was involved in an attack on police post Warpora in Sopore in March last year in which one policeman Wajahat Asadullah and a civilian Shaban Wagay were killed.

Besides, the police spokesperson said that the killed local militant was also involved in several grenade attacks on police and security force establishments, including two grenade attacks at Bus Stand Sopore in which 19 civilians and 2 policemen were injured.

“Arms & ammunition including 02 AK rifles and other incriminating materials were recovered from the site of the encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crimes,” he said.

In this connection, he said, police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated.

“People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitised and cleared off of all the explosive materials, if any,” he added.

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