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Woman among seven held, Police say Lashkar module busted

Armed forces busted an alleged militant module of the Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit by arresting seven ultras and their associates in Jammu and Kashmir, a police spokesman said.

Investigating the recent encounters in Bandipora, police, and forces busted a module of LeT by arresting an active Pakistani-trained rebel, two-hybrid militants, and four associates including a woman, he said.

He said the Pakistan-trained has been identified as Arif Ajaz Shehri alias Anfal, who went to Pakistan on a valid visa in 2018 through Wagah Border and infiltrated back to this site after obtaining illegal arms training.

“The hybrid militants have been identified as Ajaz Ahmad Reshi and Shariq Ahmad Lone. Those arrested were tasked to carry out attacks on police, forces, and other soft targets, particularly in Bandipora district,” the spokesman said.

He said the four associates have been identified as Riyaz Ahmad Mir, Ghulam Mohammad Waza, Maqsood Ahmad Malik, and Sheema Shafi.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the arrested terrorist associates were involved in harboring militants, providing logistics/material support including transportation of ultras in Bandipora district. The arrested female woman associate was also involved in providing Wi-Fi hotspot, accommodation, and ferrying militants in Bandipora town,” the spokesman said.

Incriminating material, arms, and ammunition including two pistols, three pistol magazines, 25 pistol rounds, and three hand grenades were recovered from their possession, he said, adding one van which was being used in the ferrying militants from Bandipora to Srinagar was also seized.

Also, three scooters were also seized. They were being used for doing recce of police, security establishments, monitor movement of security forces and ferrying of terrorists, he added.

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