Two militants including nephew of Jash-e-Mohammad chief have been confirmed dead in the gunfight with government forces at Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
While police said that it was establishing the identity of the slain, the Jash-e-Mohammad militant outfit in a statement issued here confirmed one of the slain to be the nephew of outfit’s Chief Masood Azhar.
Identified as Mohammad Usman, the JeM also paid tributes to him as well as the second militant whom it identified as “Showkat Ahmad”, a local.
A police officer said that two charred bodies of the militants have been recovered from the encounter site and searches in the area are continuing. He said that an ‘UBGL-barrel rifle’ has been recovered from the encounter site, the officer said.
Asked about the recovery of the sniper rifle, he said that so far it has not been recovered but “chances of its recovery cannot be ruled out.”
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Swayam Prakash Pani confirmed that two militant bodies have been recovered and said that “this was the module responsible for recent stand-off attacks.”
The gunfight ensued in Chankitar village of Mandoora area of Tral on Tuesday afternoon, soon after a joint team of army’s 42RR, SOG and 180 BN CRPF launched a cordon and search operation following specific information about the presence of some militants there.
As the joint team of government forces intensified searches, the militants hiding in the area fired upon at government forces, triggering off an encounter. During the course of the gunfight, sources said, the house was razed to rubble and massive searches launched. Two charred bodies of the militants were recovered, they said. (GNS)