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35-40 foreign, 17 local militants active in northern districts, 28 infiltration bid foiled this year in north Kashmir: Police
Major threat averted, 3 LeT militants killed in Sopore gunfight
7/14/2020 12:01:53 AM
S TAHIR-UL HAQ
Early Times Report

BARAMULLA, July 13: At least three Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants including two foreigners were Sunday killed in a day long encounter in Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, a top police officer said. He also stated that they are putting their every effort to ensure that the local youth will not pick up arms.
Addressing a presser in Sopore, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) north Kashmir Range Muhammad Suliaman Choudhary said that a major threat has been averted after three militants affiliated with LeT have been killed in Sopore gunfight.
“We can’t rule out the possibility of the attack. The arms and ammunition recovered from the slain militants also indicate that they were planning something big.
After their killing, a major threat has been averted, security forces have witnessed such things in the past and they are ready to face any kind of challenge.
He identified the two among the three slain militants as Usman Bhai and Saifullah, adding that the identification of the third militant is being ascertained.
“Usman Bhai was involved in the recent attack in model town Sopore in which one CRPF man and a civilian were killed. The duo foreign militants were active here from the last two years,” he said.
Asked about the footfall of foreign militants in north Kashmir, the DIG north Kashmir said that as per their reports, 35-40 foreign militants are operating in northern districts, adding that some 16 or 17 local militants are also active.
“There are fluctuating reports, but as per the reports available at present, nearly seven militants who are active in north Kashmir may have infiltrated in last few months,” he added.
He also stated that four local militants here were active while three among them have been killed with the good support of people on the ground as they have rejected the narrative of these militants.
“Post abrogation of Article 370 last year, attempts are being made from across the Line of Control to create a narrative and put Kashmir on boil here. The militant’s active in Kashmir attacked fruit merchants, civilians and non-local labourers. But people have been quite cooperative and thus helped us to decrease the graph of militant recruitment,”
5 sector commander of Army, Vivek Narang, who was accompanying the DIG north Kashmir, said that “many of the infiltration attempts have been foiled by the forces along LoC. At present, some 250-300 militants are ready on launch pads to infiltrate. But we are ready to foil their attempts.”
Meanwhile, Police in Bandipora along with security forces have arrested four militant associates during two separate search operations at Chandargeer and Sadhunara areas of Bandipora.
Acting on a specific input Bandipora Police along with 13RR and 45BN CRPF have arrested a terrorist associate during a search operation in Chandargeer.
He has been identified as Shafat Ahmad Dar resident of Chandargeer. Incriminating materials including a live grenade have been recovered from his possession.
Similarly, during a search operation in Sadhunara, Bandipora Police along with 13RR and 45BN CRPF have arrested three more terrorist associates identified as Mudasir Ahmad Khawaja, Abdul Qayoom Margo and Ishfaq Ahmad Dar all residents of Sadhunara. Incriminating materials including 02 live grenades, 01 AK magazine, 25 live rounds of AK-47 and 01 UBGL have been recovered from their possession.
It is pertinent to mention here that all the four terrorist associates are actively involved in providing logistic support and shelter to active terrorists of proscribed terror outfit LeT.
Accordingly, a case under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Hajin and further investigation has been initiated.
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