July 2007 News

5 Militants Killed In Valley

27 July 2007
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: Gunbattles between militants and security forces have ended in Pulwama, Khrew and Bandipore localities as five militants-3 from Hizbul Mujahiden and 2 from Jaish-e-Mohammad-have got killed. Informed sources told EXCELSIOR that over a specific information, Special Operations Group (SOG) of District Police Pulwama and troops of Rashtriya Rifles 55 Bn laid siege to Ganai Mohalla of Ratnipora in Pulwama in the wee hours today. According to the information, two Kashmiri militants of Hizbul Mujahideen were hiding at the residence of a slain militant, Bilal Ahmed Ganai S-o Ghulam Rasool Ganai. During the search operation, the holed up militants clashed with the security forces but both were killed without any collateral damage. They were later identified as Mushtaq Ahmed Sofi alias Burhan S-o Abdul Aziz Sofi R-o Wandakpora and Mohammad Shafi Balla alias Furkan S-o Gulam Nabi Balla R-o Shaar Shali, Khrew. While Burhan was reportedly Hizb's 'Battalion Commander' for Pampore, Furkan was described as a locally trained militant. Two AK-56 rifles, two hand grenades and one mobile phone were claimed recovered from their possession. Sources said that on the basis of another specific information, Police and troops of Rashtriya Rifles 50 Bn laid an ambush at Naran Naar near Tramboo Cement Factory in Khrew area early in the morning today. During the operation, two militants were observed in movement. When they were challenged, they opened fire and made attempts to escape. Even as one of the militants managed to escape in injured condition, another was gunned down in the fierce encounter. He was later identified as Gulzar Ahmed Mangoo S-o Ghulam Nabi Mangoo R-o Shaar Shali, Khrew. Officials said that Mangoo was his outfit's commander in Khonmoh area. The injured militant was later today apprehended from a Srinagar locality. He was identified as Hilal Ahmed Mir S-o Abdul Sattar Mir Resident of Dhobi Mohalla, Khrew. Residents, however, insisted that there was no encounter in Khrew area. They alleged that both the Hizbul Mujahideen militants had been captured by armed forces at Ratnipora. According to them, one of the captured militants had been killed in a fake encounter and another shown as arrested. Sources said that the overnight gunbattle between militants and security forces ended today with the death of another militant at Arin in Bandipore. As already reported, SOG Bandipore and troops of RR 14 Bn had launched the cordon-and- search operation at Arin yesterday. 'Battalion Commander' of Jaish-e- Mohammad, namely Abu Saquib of Pakistan, had died in the initial round of firing last evening. Sources said that Police and security forces today destroyed the house of chemist Saifuddin Shah, killing one-odd holed up militant. The 55-year-old militant was later identified as Jaish's 'District Commander', Sher Khan alias Chachoo. In another operation, based on a source information, troops of 6- Grenadiers in general area Phurkian Gali in Kupwara district recovered one AK-47, 3 magazines, 1590 AK rounds, 3 UBGL grenade, 1 UBGL launcher, two hand grenades and one radio set. Agencies Add: Meanwhile, Anantnag police today busted a module of Hizbul Mujahideen responsible for IED blasts and other terrorist activities in south Kashmir. Anantnag police arrested master mind of the militant network of south Kashmir, a PoK trained hard core militant Mubarak Ahmed Ganai alias Major Saqib who is said to be IED expert of Hizbul Mujahideen. Alongwith Mushtaq, four other over ground workers namely Ali Mohammad Ganai, Riyaz Ahmed Ganai, Altaf Ahmed Ganai and Firdous Ahmed Dar have also been arrested. The police have recovered 1 Pika gun, 200 Pika rounds, 10 UBGL grenades, 5 detonators, IEd, and 20 kilograms of RDX. They also busted two hideouts in Waghama and Marhama areas of Anantnag district. Militants are also resorting to their time-tested weapon of Improvised Explosive Devices. Although police was able to detect one Liquid IEd in Wuyan Pampore this month, yet one IED exploded in busy Uri bus stand in Baramulla injuring six civilians. The increase in militancy related violence is not only due to the integrated counter- insurgancy measures but also due to increase in the number of militants this summer because of the renewed infiltration, sources said.


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