LeT commander among two militants killed in Sopore gunfight: police

One among the slain identified as Fayaz War of Warpora and another as Shaheen Ahmad Mir of Cherpora Budgam.
LeT commander among two militants killed in Sopore gunfight: police
Police and Army personnel leaving the Gunfight site in Srinagar's Danmar area, on Friday 16 June 2021. [File]Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: Two militants were killed in a gunfight with the security forces in Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police said today.

A police spokesman said the gunfight broke out last night after the Police, 22RR and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in Warpora area following a specific information generated by Srinagar Police about presence of militants in Warpora village of Sopore.

"During the search operation as the presence of terrorists got ascertained they were given repeated opportunities to surrender. However, instead of surrendering they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter," he said, in a statement.

He said two categorised militants of LeT outfit were killed in the ensuing encounter. They were identified as Fayaz Ahmad War @Rukana @Umar son of Gh Mohi-Ud-Din War resident of Warpora, a top commander of LeT and Shaheen Ahmad Mir @Shaheen Molvi son of Mohd Kamal Mir resident of Cherpora Budgam.

"Fayaz Ahmad War had a long history of terror crime cases, as he was associated with terrorism since year 2008. Although he had surrendered earlier with arms & ammunition yet after his release he again worked as terrorist associate for proscribed terror outfit HM and was detained under PSA. However after his release, in March-2020 he again joined terrorist ranks of proscribed terror outfit LeT," said the spokesman.

"Besides, being part of groups involved in several terror crime cases, he was very instrumental in planning and executing terror attacks on security establishments and civilian killings and figured among the list of most wanted terrorists in North Kashmir."

"He was the last active terrorist who perpetrated a series of various terror crimes and violence in North Kashmir which included attack on Police party at Warpora Sopore on 04/03/2020 in which one police personnel and a civilian got killed, attack on Joint Naka party at Ahad Baba crossing on 18/04/2020 in which 03 CRPF personnel got killed, killing of one civilian namely Danish Manzoor Najar resident of Eidipora Bomai, attack on joint Naka party of Police & CRPF at Model Town Sopore in which 01 civilian namely Bashir Ahmad Khan resident of HMT Srinagar and a CRPF personnel got killed, firing upon Municipal councillors at Lone Mohalla Building near SDH Sopore on 12/06/2021 in which 02 Municipal councillors and a police personnel were killed, killing of two police personnel and two civilians at Main Chowk Sopore."

"He was also involved in a series of grenade attacks on Police/Security establishments in areas of PD Sopore. On 26/05/2020, he carried out a grenade attack on Police Post Potukhah, on 12/12/2020 grenade attack on PP Bus Stand in which 04 civilians got injured, on 13/03/2021 another grenade attack on PP Bus Stand in which 02 police personnel got injured."

Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including 02 AK-47 rifles, 04 Magazines were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crimes.

"IGP Kashmir congratulated joint team of Police & security forces for conducting successful operation in professional manner without any collateral damage."

In this connection, Police has registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any.

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