3 Militants Killed, Army Officer Injured In Budgam Gunfight

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11 militants, Including Six Foreigners Killed In Last 7 Days: IGP

Srinagar- Three Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants, including a local responsible for shooting dead a police officer last summer, was killed in an encounter with government forces in Budgam district of central Kashmir, police said Friday.

Waseem Mir of Nowgam here and two of his associates believed to be foreign militants were killed in a gunfight with a joint team of a police, army’s 50 RR and the paramilitary CRPF in Zolwa village of Chadoora on Friday morning, a police spokesperson said.

Mir a categorised militant, he said, was active since December 2020 and was part of a group involved in attacks on government forces and civilian “atrocities”. Besides, he said, several cases were registered against him.

According to the police spokesperson, Mir was involved in killing of Inspector Parvaiz Ahmad on June 22, 2021, besides a grenade attack on CRPF Bunker near Aali Masjid Chowk at Eidgah here in which 1 civilian and a policeman were injured.

The killed local militant, he said, was also involved in brainwashing and motivating the youth of Central Kashmir to join militancy.

Quoting reliable sources and the documents recovered, the police spokesperson said that the other two killed militant appear to be foreigners, however further identification is being ascertained.

Giving details about the outbreak of gunfight, he said, that a joint search operation was launched in the village on basis of information about the presence of militants. During searches, as the presence of “terrorists” got ascertained they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter.

“Later on, CRPF also joined the operation. However in order to evacuate the civilians trapped around the encounter site, the joint team ensured the evacuation of all civilians to the safer places,” he said.

Besides, he said, to avoid any collateral damage due to darkness, the operation was suspended during night hours and in the wee hours the operation resumed, resulting in the elimination of three militants linked to JeM.

During encounter one Army officer received minor splinter injury.

“Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including 3 AK-56 rifles were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation,” 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 at the encounter site is completely sanitised and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any,” he added.

The police spokesperson quoted IGP Kashmir as appreciating the role of the joint team for conducting successful operation without any collateral damage.

IGP while sharing the details regarding encounter with a new agency said that with the killing of Mir, only 1 militant hailing from Srinagar is left out now who will be either arrested or neutralised at the earliest.

He further said that so far 11 militants including 6 foreign nationals were killed in different encounters in the last seven days of this year

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