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Srinagar: The Army foiled an infiltration bid near the Line of Control (LoC) in Baramulla district on Thursday, killing three terrorists and recovering a large cache of arms and ammunition, officials said here.“We noticed some suspicious movement in the Hathlanga area near the LoC. The infiltrators were challenged and three of them were killed,” an army officer said.
Srinagar: A terrorist who was involved in a firing incident on Wednesday night has been killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district, police said on Thursday.“Last night, recently active terrorist who was earlier an OGW (overground worker) and also involved in drugs, namely Anayat Ashraf Dar…fired upon a civilian Jeewer Hameed Bhat, who got seriously injured and is still hospitalised,” the Kashmir Zone police said on its Twitter handle.The police said Anayat also used to threaten other people in and around his village with his illegally acquired weapons.“After thorough interrogation of several suspects after attack and input from sources, a CASO ( cordon and search operation) was launched at village Keshwa. While laying cordon he fired upon joint search party,” the police said. It said all the civilians in the adjoining houses of the target area were evacuated. “He (militant) was offered to surrender for whole night, but he didn’t surrender. Later on, during encounter the said newly active terrorist got neutralised. One pistol and ammunition were also recovered from his possession,” the police added.
SRINAGAR: Police on Thursday busted a terrorist recruitment module of proscribed terror outfit LeT by arresting four ultra associates, besides detaining 2 youth for questioning who were about to join terror ranks in Bandipora.Acting on a specific input, Bandipora Police arrested a terrorist associate identified as Asadullah Parray resident of Hajin heading a terrorist recruitment module of proscribed terror outfit LeT. During investigation it was revealed that the accused maintained a close contact with terrorist handlers across the border and would do their bidding in recruiting young boys in terrorist ranks and arranging weapons and other logistics for them. It is pertinent to mention that Asadullah was earlier associated with JeI before shifting his allegiance to the Masarat Alam led Muslim League. The accused has about dozens of PSAs and FIRs lodged against him and spent a good part of previous decade in custody.In the current instance, the accused Asadullah enlisted the help and was actively abetted in running the module by his nephew Naseer Ahmed Parray resident of Hajin, Haseena resident of Sheeri, Khurshid Ahmad resident of Naidkhai and others. The group was in continuous contact across the border and would receive detailed instructions for their day to day activities. Apart from recruiting individuals and arranging arms and ammunition for them, the group was also involved in motivating youth to carry out petrol bomb attacks on government buildings and protected persons and carrying out reccee of potential targets. A huge quantity of incendiary materials was also recovered from them which were to be used for making Petrol Bombs.On the disclosures made by the accused, two individuals identified as Rafeeq Ahmad resident of Naidkhai and Hilal Ahmed Shah resident of Shah Mohalla Hajin who were about to join terrorist ranks at the instance of this group have been detained and are being questioned. In this regard, a case has been registered and further investigation is in progress.
He said a large cache of arms and ammunition ,including five assault rifles, seven pistols and grenades, was recovered.Briefing the media at the Army’s Chinar Corps headquarters here, Lieutenant General D P Pandey said there has been increased activity at the terrorist launchpads on the other side of the LoC recently.“While there was no infiltration since the beginning of the year, there has been a lot of activity at the launchpads, which cannot happen without the knowledge of Pakistan Army commanders,” he said.Lt Gen. Pandey said this was evident from the infiltration bid that was eliminated on Thursday and the one foiled in the Uri sector on September 18-19.Asked about the identity and nationality of the slain infiltrators, the Army officer said according to the documents recovered from their person, “one of them was a Pakistani while we are not sure about the other two yet”.Giving details of the five-day combing operation in Gohalan and adjacent areas in Uri, he said the operation, as of now, has ceased.“There were six terrorists, four on the other side of the LoC and two had managed to enter our side of the territory. They were challenged and after a brief gunfight, they went back. The combing operation of the rugged terrain and dense vegetation took time but as of now, there are no remnants of that group here,” he added.Asked about the necessity to shut down the telecommunication facilities in Uri, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar said it was done in order to ensure that the infiltrators could not stay in touch with their handlers in Pakistan. Kumar said the recoveries indicate that there is a new trend of Pakistan sending more pistols to Kashmir so that the “hybrid terrorists” can easily carry out their tasks and slip back into normal life.“We have seized 97 pistols this year…pistols are easy to transport and hide. The hybrid terrorists carry out the one or two tasks given to them and go back to their normal life. If you see, in 85 per cent of the attacks, pistols were used and all policemen targeted were unarmed,” he added.
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