Srinagar: Four newly recruited militants affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba were killed in a gunfight at Badigam village of Zainapora hamlet in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said Thursday.
A police official said acting on specific information generated by Police regarding presence of militants in village Badigam a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police and 44 RR in the said area.
“As the search party proceeded towards the suspected spot, hiding militants fired indiscriminately upon the search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” he said, adding that “in the ensuing encounter, four militants affiliated with LeT were killed.
He identified the slain militants as Showkeen Ahmad Thoker son of M. Abdullaah Thoker and Farooq Ahmed Bhat son of Ab. Salam Bhat both residents of Sugan Shopian and Aqib Ahmad Thoker son of Farooq Ahmad Thoker and Waseem Ahamd Thoker son of Ab.Gani Thoker both residents of Heffkhuri Shopian.
Heffkhuri and Sugan villages are just half kilometres apart and all four slain militants had joined militants ranks recently, he said.
Aqib and Farooq went missing on March 10 and March 17 respectively while Wasim went missing on April 09 and Showkeen joined militancy April 03 this year.
Badigam is the same village where 5 Hizb militants including, Prof Rafi of Ganderbal, Sadam Paddar, Bilal Molvi, Towseef Sheikh and Aadil Thokar were killed on 5 May 2018.
A police spokesman said that the IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar congratulated the joint forces for conducting successful anti-militancy operation without any collateral damage.
Meanwhile, IGP Kashmir said that the militants were active in Shopian and adjacent areas of Pulwama. “They were involved in 6 cases including attacks on outside labourers,” he said, adding, “Hunt for their associates like Aijaz of Pulwama is on and they will be neutralised soon.”
The top police officer told GNS that the 12 bore rifle snatched from a bank guard at Muran Pulwama earlier this year was recovered from the encounter site.