Masood Azhar’s nephew among 3 JeM militants killed in Pulwama gunfight

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Srinagar, Nov 7: Three Jaish-e-Muhammad militants, including the nephew of terror outfit chief Masood Azhar, were killed in an overnight gunfight with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said on Tuesday.

Quoting a JeM statement, local news agency GNS said Talha Rasheed, nephew of Azhar, was among the three militants killed in the gunfight with security forces in Aglar village of Pulwama district.

IGP Kashmir zone, Muneer Khan said: “We will ask Pakistan to collect the body of Masood Azhar’s nephew as JeM has owned it. The matter will be taken up through proper channels.”

Besides the three militants, Sham Sunder of the 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) was killed in the gunfight in Aglar village with the militants who belonged “to the same group” who attacked a police check-post in Rajpora on Saturday.

It was an excellent operation, nicely coordinated between police, Army & CRPF, said Muneer Khan, IGP Kashmir.

Militants were holed up in two houses. All 3 were JeM terrorists, two from Pakistan. One jawan lost his life and 2 injured, said Vinay Kumar, CRPF Commandant.

 

A civilian was also injured in the operation that has now ended, police said. A cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from the slain militants.

Security forces received a tip-off about the presence of militants following which troops of the 44 RR, Special Operations Group (SOG) of state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had surrounded the village on Monday evening.

As the cordon was being tightened, hiding militants fired at the joint team of security forces. The gunfight started late on Monday evening.

The civilian injured is Showkat Ahmad, who along with other protesters had clashed with the security forces to disrupt the terror operation.

Three weapons, including one AK, one M16 rifle and one pistol, besides ammunition were recovered from the encounter site, said a police spokesman.

Internet services have been suspended in Pulwama district to check the spread of rumours.

The injured were admitted to the hospital. Identification of the dead bodies was underway.

Wefornews Bureau

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