Militant Killed in Awantipora, Pistol Recovered: Police

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‘19-year-Old Had Gone Missing Only 3 Weeks Ago’

Srinagar- A 19-year-old youth who had joined militant ranks only three weeks before was killed in an encounter with a joint team of Police and army in Awantipora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday, officials said.

“Based on a specific input generated by Awantipora Police, a raid was conducted by a small team of police at Nambal area of Awantipora. During raid, the hiding (militant) started firing indiscriminately upon the police party which retaliated effectively, leading to an encounter,” a police spokesperson said in a statement. “In the meantime, reinforcements of 42RR immediately reached the encounter site.”

In the ensuing encounter, he said. One militant was killed. He has been identified as Irfan Ahamd Sheikh son of Abdul Rashid Sheikh of Karemabad Pulwama. “he linked LeT/TRF,” he said.

As per police records, he said, Irfan was a categorized militant. “He was involved in several cases including attacks on security forces”. Besides, he was also providing logistic and other support to the active militants operating in the area before joining the militant ranks, he said.

“Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including one Pistol was recovered from the site of encounter,” police said, adding, “All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation.” Meanwhile sources said that the killed militant was 19-year-old and had gone missing on January 17.

Grenade Attack In Ganderbal

Suspected militants lobbed a grenade on Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) in Chapargung area of Central Kashmir's Ganderbal district on Monday evening.

According to police, militants attacked an SSB bunker with the grenade. However the device missed the target and exploded on the road.

In this incident there was no loss of life or injury reported. Soon after the attack, the whole area was cordoned off to nab the attackers, police added.

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