Two local militants affiliated with TRF, an offshoot of Lashkar-i-Toiba outfit were killed in a gunfight with government forces in Okey area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam on Tuesday, police said
Police in a statement to news agency Kashmir Dot Com (KDC) said that based on a specific input generated by Police regarding presence of militants in village Okey area of Kulgam, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 9RR and 18Bn CRPF in the said area.
During the search operation, as the joint search party proceeded towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated effectively leading to a gunfight, they said adding that In the ensuing encounter, two militants of proscribed militant outfit LeT (TRF) were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the gunfight. They have been identified as Amir Ahmad Wani resident of Alamgunj Shopian and Sameer Ahmad Khan resident of Tiken Pulwama
As per police records, the killed militant Amir Ahmad was a categorized militant linked with proscribed militant outfit LeT (TRF), however the other killed militant joined militancy folds recently. Both the killed militants were part of a group involved in several militancy crime cases.
Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including 01 AK-47, 01 pistol were recovered from their possession. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation, they said.
Police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated. People are requested to cooperate with Police till the area at the gunfight site is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any, the statement added. (KDC)