Militant killed in Pulwama today had lost brother in 2013 gunfight

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Srinagar : One of the militants killed today in gunfight in south Kashmir’s Pulwama had lost his brother in July 2013 in south Kashmir’s Dadsara area of Tral, the sibling was a militant too.

According to a report by news gathering agency Kashmir News Trust (KNT) brother of one of the militants Umar Ali son of Ali Muhammad of Dadsara was also a militant who had been killed in July 2013 gunfight in Mandoora Tral.

Family sources said that Shahnawaz Mir was the first member in the family to get killed in a gunfight with Joint Forces and today his younger brother Umar Ali was also killed.

Earlier today at least three militants were killed and a civilian injured in a pre-dawn gunfight here in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday.

Reports said that after receiving input about the presence of militants, a joint team of police, Army’s 55 RR and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in Tiken village of the district.

As the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon the forces, triggering off a gunfight.

A police spokesman confirmed the killing of three militants. The militants were identified as Mehrajuddin Lone of Arigam Pulwama, Umar Ali of Dadsara Tral and Umar Farooq resident of Sugan Shopian.

All these militants were affiliated with militant outfit Al-Badar.

The house in which these three militants were killed got completely destroyed.

Zamir Sadiq Lone in whose house the militants were hiding also received gunshot injuries and was evacuated to hospital for the treatment of his injuries where his condition is stated to be stable, the news gathering agency reported.

A police official told KNT that keeping in view the prevailing pandemic and to ensure the safety of people from inherent risk of contracting the infection, the dead bodies of the slain militants shall be sent to Baramulla for their burial and last rites after completion of medico-legal formalities. The nearest family members of the killed militants shall be allowed to participate in the last rites at Baramulla.

This was the first gunfight of the current month. The gunfight in Tikkan village raged after a gap of one month. Last gunfight in Kashmir was witnessed in Kutpora village of Shopian on 10 November in which two militants were killed.

After Kutpora Shopian gunfight, there was a gunfight outside Kashmir in Nagrota area in which four Jaish militants were killed. There was also a militant attack on Srinagar outskirts leading to the death of two soldiers. (KNT)

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