Lashkar militant, 4 recruits arrested
29 October 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Army and police today arrested a militant and four new recruits from Killanwali in Mahore tehsil of Reasi police district while three ultras killed during two days operation at Kasblari in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district have been identified as foreign mercenaries of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit. Official sources said a joint team of Army and police launched a search operation at Killanwali at 4 am today after developing an information that that a militant along with four fresh recruits had taken shelter in a dhok before shifting to a hide-out. On observing movement of troops, the militants fled to different dhoks. However, security forces apprehended all of them after an hour long search operation. They have been identified as Fayaz Ahmed, 16, son of Abdul Rashid Hazem R- o Dachan, Seeldhar, an activist of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit, Jamal Din, 16, son of Abdul Rashid, Ashiq Ali, 19, son of Lal Din, Bashir Diri, 17 son of Lassu and Nisharat, 12 son of Gulala Ali, all residents of Pari Mohalla, Seeldhar, Mahore. While Fayaz Ahmed was a militant, all four others were fresh recruits. Security forces recovered one .303 rifle with one magazine, 110 rounds and one 12 bore single barrel gun from the militants and recruits. Militants and recruits have been sent for questioning. Sources said Fayaz Ahmed was operating as 'recruitment chief' of Lashkar-e-Toiba in Mahore motivating local teen-agers and youths to join militancy. He was reported to have motivated four boys to join militant ranks. Meanwhile, three militants eliminated by Army and police in an encounter at Kasblari in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district, were today identified as foreign mercenaries of LeT outfit, sources said. They were Mir Mohd alias Laden alias U2, an 'area commander' of LeT for Lasna Bachianwali, Irshad alias H6 and Abu Khallad alias K4. In addition to three rifles and other ammunition recovered from the slain militants during the encounter during last two days, security forces today recovered one Dicta phone cassette, three matrix sheets, three diaries, 25 AK rounds and four magazines from the scene of gunbattle. As reported, an Army jawan was also killed in th exchange of firing yesterday. Security forces recovered three kg explosives, one I Com radio set antenna, two binoculars, one UBGL, 75 AK rounds and six magazines from forest area of Lalantrang in Buzla, Poonch.