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Al-Badr module busted in Baramulla, seven arrested: Police

Armed forces have busted a module of the Al-Badr outfit by arresting four hybrid militants and three rebel-associates in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police said on Saturday.

Based on specific inputs that Al-Badr is planning to carry out attacks on police and forces at several places in Sopore, a joint cordon-and-search operation was launched by the forces in Rawoocha Rafiabad, a police spokesperson said.

During the operation, three hybrid militants linked with Al-Badr were arrested, he added.

The arrested men were identified as Waris Tantry, a resident of Rawoocha Rafiabad, Amir Sultan Wani, a resident of Nowpora Sopore, and Tariq Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Chontipora Handwara.

During preliminary questioning, the three men confessed that they were in close contact with the handlers of Al-Badr for the last two years, the police spokesperson said.

They further disclosed that Pakistan-based handlers Yousuf Balousi and Khursheed, who is a resident of Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir, directed them to revive activities in Rafiabad Sopore by recruiting youngsters for Al-Badr, providing logistic support to active militants, and procuring or arranging weapons for new recruits, he added.

On their disclosure, another hybrid militant identified as Ashraf Nazir Bhat, a resident of Arin Bandipora, was arrested in a joint operation, the spokesperson said.

He said three militant-associates identified as Mohammad Ashraf Malik, a resident of Drungsoo, Mohammad Afzal Thokar, a resident of Kalamabad Mawar Handwara, and Shabir Ahmed Shah, a resident of Sherhama Mawar Handwara, were also arrested.

Incriminating material, war-like stores including a huge cache of arms and ammunition and a huge amount of cash meant for carrying out activities were seized from their possession.

A case has been registered and further investigation is in progress, the spokesperson said.

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