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Police bust ‘militant hideout’ in Pahalgam forests after Dalgate attack arrests

On the heels of arresting three alleged militants for carrying out an attack on an eatery in Srinagar, the government forces on Sunday claimed to have busted a militant hideout in a forest area in southern Anantnag district.

“Three AK-56 rifles, two Chinese pistols, two Chinese grenades, one telescope, six AK magazines besides other items were found,” a police official said the recoveries were made in Hamal forest area of Pahalgam.

On Friday, last week, the police had claimed to have arrested three newly recruited militants, who allegedly carried out an attack on the ‘Krishna Dhaba’ in Srinagar’s Dalgate.

On Wednesday, last week, militants fired and injured the son of ‘Krishna Dhaba’ at a time when envoys of 24 countries were staying in a hotel 200 metres away from the site of the attack.

The Inspector General of Police in Kashmir Vinay Kumar had said that one of three arrested youth had received training in Pahalgam forest. “All three were newly recruited militants and one of them was given pistol training in the forest area of Pahalgam,” Kumar had said.

While two arrested youth hail from Pampore and third one is from Pulwama.

The three youth are accused of working for The Resistance Front commander named Gazi, who had tasked the trio to strike at Krishna Dhaba where tourist rush is always high.

In an Urdu letter circulated on the internet Muslim Janbaz Force has claimed responsibility for the attack. The militant group said that they will not allow Indians to buy land and will resists the attempts to change the demography of the region.

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