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Srinagar teen, who joined militants a week ago, among three slain in Pulwama encounter

Three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants, including a deputy commander of the banned outfit, were killed in an encounter with forces in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, police said.

The trio was identified as Arif Ahmad Hazar alias Rehan (the deputy of LeT’s top commander Basit), Abu Huzaifa alias Haqqani (Pakistani terrorist), and Natish Wani alias Haider, a resident of Khanyar, Srinagar.

Based on specific inputs regarding the presence of terrorists in the Pahoo area of Pulwama in south Kashmir, a search operation was launched by the forces there, a police spokesman said.

During the search operation, the hiding trio fired indiscriminately upon the search party which was retaliated effectively leading to an encounter, he said.

Hazar was a categorized militant, active since March 2021, and several cases were registered against him in Srinagar city.

“He was involved in killings of several police officers, including inspector Parvez in front of a mosque at Menganwari Nowgam in June 2021 and sub-inspector Arshid Ahmad Mir near Khanyar police station in September 2021,” the spokesman said.

The spokesman said Hazar was also involved in grenade attacks on the police patrolling party at Safakadal and the joint Naka (police check post) party at Rainawari.

“Hazar, along with his associates, was also involved in an attack on BJP leader’s residence at Aribagh, Nowgam, in Srinagar. In this attack, policeman Rameez Raja was killed and a service rifle was also snatched. He was also involved in the attack on two outside laborers at Suthsoo Kalan area of Nowgam on April 22,” the spokesman said.

Later, the Srinagar police said that a teenager (Haider) from Khanyar, Srinagar, who joined militant ranks a week ago, was killed in an encounter in Pulwama, along with two other militants.

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