Militants killed in Lassipora gunfight identified

Militants killed in Lassipora gunfight identified
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Srinagar: The four militants killed on Monday in a gunfight with the government forces in Lassipora area of Pulwama district were affiliated with LeT and HM militant outfits.

As per the police spokesman , The slain militants were identified as Zaffar Paul son of Mohammad Ahsan resident of Dangerpora Shopian, Tawseef Ahmad Itoo son of Abdul Aziz resident of Gudbug Pulwama, Aqib Ahmad Kumar son of Bashir Ahmad resident of Hellow Shopian and Mohammad Shafi Bhat son of Ghulam Mohammad resident Sedow Shopian.

The spokesman in a statement issued said that, it was a combined group of proscribed militant outfits HM and LeT.

“They were wanted by law for their complicity in a series of crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities,” he said.

As per police records, Tauseef had a long history of crime records and several crime cases were registered against him including FIR No. 281/2016, 509/2016, 19/2018 registered in P/S Pulwama and 33/2018 registered at Police Station Litter. He was involved in conspiring and executing many attacks in the area, the spokesman added.

“Similarly, Zaffar was involved in many crimes cases which include FIR No. 290/2017, 307/2018, 13/2019, which were registered against him in Police Station Shopian. Aqib Ahmad and Mohammad Shafi were also involved in crimes in the area,” he said.

The spokesman said that, “Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror cases.”

Meanwhile, The police requested Citizens not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any.

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