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Militant slain in Srinagar was planning fidayeen attack, Kashmir police claims

A member of Mujahideen Gazwatul Hind, who was assigned to carry out a “fidayeen” (suicide) attack in Srinagar, was slain in Srinagar city, while a Hizbul Mujahideen district commander was among the two ultras killed in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, police said on Friday.

The militant killed in Srinagar was a relative of one of the accused in the February 2019 suicide attack in Pulwama’s Lethpora, in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed.

“Militant killed in Srinagar encounter has identified as Aamir Riyaz of Khrew in Pulwama, he was affiliated with Mujahideen Gazwatul Hind. He was relative of one of the accused of Lethpora attack and was assigned to carry out fidayeen attack,” Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said.

The encounter in Srinagar broke out on Thursday evening in the Hamdaniya Colony area of Bemina.

An AK rifle, along with some ammunition, was seized from the site of the encounter after the slain militant’s body was recovered.

Claiming responsibility for an “attack”, the Mujahideen Ghazwatul Hind said three of its cadres “attacked the CRPF camp”.

Meanwhile, police said a district commander of Hizbul Mujahideen was among the two militants slain in Kulgam.

The slain militants were identified as district commander of HM Shiraz Molvi & Yawar Bhat.

They said Shiraz was active since 2016 and was involved in recruiting youngsters into militant ranks.

“A big success for us,” the IGP, Kashmir said.

The encounter in Kulgam’s Chawalgam broke out after armed forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the area on Thursday following specific inputs about the presence of militants there.

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