2 Jaish militants killed in Srinagar shootout: Police

They Were Planning Attacks In City: Sahai

WASIM KHALID/ UMER MAQBOOL

Srinagar Mar 10: Police claimed to have killed two militants including the chief commander of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant outfit in a shoot-out on the outskirts of Srinagar along the Foreshore road Thursday. During the incident three persons, including a lady and two police constables also sustained minor injuries.
 In separate incidents, three kids were injured in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district when an explosive device they were fiddling with went off, while police claimed to have recovered a throat slit body in central Kashmir’s Kangan area and 50 kilograms of explosive materials from south Kashmir’s Pampore area. 
 Inspector General of Police, SM Sahai said two militants were travelling in a green colour Maruti car when they were intercepted at four-shore road at around 3:40 pm.
 “They opened fire on the police party. In the exchange of fire two militants got killed,” Sahai said told media-persons. He was flanked by SSP Srinagar, Syed Ashiq Hussain Bukhari and SP Hazratbal Waheed Ahmad.
 “Our two constables were injured in the exchange of gunfire. A lady also received injury due to stray bullet”, he said.
 He said the killed militants include JeM chief Sajad Afghani alias Qari Hamaad, and his body guard Umeer Bilal, adding, the duo hailed from Pakistan and were in Srinagar to establish bases for the outfit to launch attacks on forces, especially on police in the coming summer months.
 “We believe that militants carried out recce of Lal Chowk area of the city earlier in the day and might have been planning to launch attacks in near future,” Sahai said.
 While terming the killing of Afghani as “major success,” he said the militant has masterminded several attacks against the forces.
 "Afghani was active for the last eight years,” Sahai said. “He planned attacks on CRPF personnel in June 2010. He was also responsible for an attack in Pattan during which two CRPF personnel were killed. Besides, the onus of recent attack on the residence of Superintendent of Police Sopore also lies on him”, he said.
 He said Afghani had also planned the Qamarwari attack during which three motorcycle borne militants were killed in November last year.
 Sahai said the militant commander was active in north Kashmir's Sopore town, Rafiabad and Zainageer areas. The police said the commander was also actively involved in the regrouping of Jaish militants in Tarzoo area and had of late shifted his base to Srinagar.
 Police claimed to have recovered an AK rifle, two pistols, seven magazines, two hand grenades, one Under Barrel Grenade Launcher, its eight Grenades, one Radio Set, and two pouches from the ‘encounter’ site.
 The shoot-out occurred near the Shouth, Shalimar on the four shore road, overlooking the Dal Lake. The Maruti car in which the militants were travelling was peppered with bullets. Its tyres were deflated, windshields broken, and the blood was splattered even on the road. However, the magazine pouches displayed by the police bore not a single trace of bullet, and blood. There were also some AK magazines and UBGL grenades which were eaten by brown colored rust.   
 The shoot-out was carried out by cops in civvies boarding Tata Sumo vehicles.      
 The eyewitnesses told Greater Kashmir that they saw two sumo vehicles coming from Hazratbal area this afternoon.
 “We were busy in daily chores and suddenly men travelling in sumos descended and resorted to indiscriminate firing on the Maruti vehicle. The firing continued for more than 20 minutes and more cops surrounded the area,” they said
 The place where the encounter took place is a desolate area, with no residential houses, with only presence of fisherman and Nadru sellers.
 After the incident scores of people took to streets in the area raising pro-freedom slogans. However they were chased away by the police.

3 KIDS INJURED IN LOLAB
 In another incident three siblings were wounded in Lolab area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, when a shell exploded in their home on Thursday.
 Police sources, told Greater Kashmir that three children of Sharif Ahmed Khan namely Mashook Ahmed Khan, Adil Ahmed and Naza were injured when they were fiddling with a shell. “The shell suddenly went off causing injuries to them, “they said.
 The injured were shifted to sub-district hospital Kupwara, where from they were referred to SMHS for further treatment.  

EXPLOSIVES SEIZED
 Meanwhile in south Kashmir police claimed to have recovered 50 Kg of explosive material, 10 meter safety fuse and 6 detonators from a medical shop at Ladhoo Pampore. On specific information, police along with 50RR, 110 Bn CRPF laid siege of the shop and recovered the explosives, police said.
 The police claimed that during questioning a shopkeeper identified as Javeed Ahmad Khanday, resident of Ladhoo Pampore admitted that the explosive and detonators belonged to LeT outfit and was meant for subversive activities, kept in his custody by Bilal Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Ladhoo, Firdous Ahmad Khanday resident of Meej and Fayaz Ahmad Shah resident of Mandekpal. They said the four accused have been arrested and FIR No. 32/2011 U/S 05 of Explosive Act registered against them.

BODY RECOVERED
 In central Kashmir’s Kangan area, police recovered a throat slit body from a forest area. The slain person was identified as Haider Gigi.
 Police claimed that Gigi was a former militant and a sympathizer of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit and was arrested, and later released, under the Arms Act in 2004.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 10 Mar 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 10 Mar 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:00:00 IST




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