3 Hybrid Militants Held In Sopore: Police

Srinagar- Police on Monday claimed to have arrested three hybrid militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Sopore town of north Kashmir.

Based on a specific information regarding movement of 3 suspected individuals from Wadoora Bala to Sonarwain bridge, a joint naka was established by army’s 22 RR, Police, and 179 Bn CRPF at Sonarwain bridge under the jurisdiction of Police Station, Bomai, a police spokesperson said.

The trio, he said, were likely to carry out an attack on government forces.

According to the spokesperson, during the naka checking it was observed that three persons were moving towards naka in suspicious conditions. The naka party, he said, observed their suspicious body language and subsequently asked them to stop.

“However suspected individuals tried to flee from the spot, taking cover of darkness but were nabbed by alert and vigilant troops,” he said.

“The troops assessed the situation and displayed extreme restraint and fire control in not opening fire, keeping in mind the darkness and civilians in proximity of the area to avoid any civilian casualty,” he added.

Upon their search, the spokesperson said 3 Pistols, 3 Magazines, 22 rounds of Pistols, 1 Grenade and Rs 79,800 cash were recovered from their possession,

The police identified them as Tufail Ahmad Mir and Owais Ahmad Mir of Barat Kalan and Shabir Ahmad Wagay of Masjid Mohalla, Pethabug.

The spokesperson said that the preliminary investigation revealed that the arrested militants are affiliated to LeT.

“Accordingly in this regard a case has been registered at the Police Station,Bomai under relevant sections of Law and further investigation is going on. The alertness and proactiveness of Security Forces averted a big tragedy planned by militants to hamper the prevailing peace in valley,” he added.

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