Rangreth encounter: Police identify one slain militant

Srinagar Dec 13: Police on Monday identified one of the two Lashkar militants killed in a brief “chance encounter” at Rangreth area in uptown Srinagar as a local from south Kashmir’s Shopian district saying the second slain was a foreign militant “as per the credible sources”.

A police spokesman identified the local as Aadil Ahmad Wani, son of Bashir Ahmad Wani resident of Daramdoora Shopian.

“Another killed terrorist as per the credible sources is a foreign terrorist, yet same is being further ascertained, ” he said.

As per police, arms and ammunition including two AK rifles “and other incriminating materials” were recovered from the site of encounter.

Over today’s encounter, the police spokesman said, “Based on specific input regarding movement of terrorists in general area of Rangreth, surprise naka checking points were established tactically by Srinagar Police in the area. During naka checking at one such naka manned by a small team of Srinagar Police, two suspected persons on noticing the police party fired indiscriminately upon them. However, the fire was effectively retaliated, leading to a brief encounter. In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were neutralized on spot”.

“As per police records, both the killed terrorists were involved in several terror crime cases and civilian atrocities and played a key role in number of recent killings in Srinagar City. On 04/03/2020, terrorist Aadil along with his associates fired upon Police Party of Police Post Warpora Sopore in which 01 Police Personnel Wajahat Asadullah was martyred & a civilian Shaban Wagay was killed. Besides the killed terrorist was also involved in several grenade attacks on Police/SF establishments including grenade attack at Bus Stand Sopore in which 19 civilians were injured, grenade attack at Police Post Bus Stand Sopore in which 02 Police Personnel were injured”.

Police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated.

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