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Budgam artist’s killers among four militants killed in Kashmir

An under construction house where two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were hiding and later killed during an encounter at Soura in Srinagar on May 27, 2022.

An under construction house where two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were hiding and later killed during an encounter at Soura in Srinagar on May 27, 2022. | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad

Four militants, including those behind the killing of Budgam artist, were killed in twin anti-militancy operations in Kashmir Valley’s Pulwama and Srinagar districts on Friday.

Two militants of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were killed in an overnight gunfight at Aganhanzipora area of Pulwama’s Awantipora.

“Both killed were newly joined local militants, identified as Shahid Mushtaq Bhat, a resident of Hafroo Chadoora Budgam and Farhan Habib, a resident of Hakripora Pulwama. They had killed TV artist on the instruction of LeT commander Lateef. One AK 56 rifle, 4 magazines and a pistol were recovered,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar said.

Artist Amreen Bhat was killed two days ago in her house by gunmen.

In capital Srinagar, the police said they killed two militants in Soura area in a predawn operation.

“The two killed terrorists of LeT have been identified as Shakir Ahmed Waza and Afreen Aftab Malik, both residents of Trenz Shopian. They were ‘C’ categorised. Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, were recovered,” the police said.

A policeman was killed in Soura area on May 24.

Mr. Vijay Kumar said four LeT militants have been killed in less than 10 hours in twin operations.

“A total of 10 terrorists, including three from JeM & 7 from LeT terror outfits killed in three days in Kashmir valley. Heinous murder case of Ambreen solved in 24 hours,” Mr. Vijay Kumar said


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