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Pakistani militant killed in Bandipora encounter

According to a police spokesperson, the encounter is underway at the Chandaji area of Bandipora.   | Photo Credit: Google Maps

A Pakistani militant was killed, and two people, including a policeman, were injured in two separate militancy incidents in Kashmir on Tuesday.

“Foreign Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Babar Ali, who escaped from the Shokbaba encounter on 24 July, was killed in an encounter at the Chandajji forest area of Bandipora on Tuesday,” Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said.

Ali, according to the police, was a part of a group of militants that infiltrated from the Gurez Sector of Bandipora recently. Its three members were killed on July 24. Sharik Altaf, who exfiltrated in 2018, was among them.

“Ali, who managed to escape from the encounter site, was continuously tracked. A joint operation was launched by the police, 26 Assam Rifles and the CRPF on Tuesday to neutralise him,” Mr. Kumar said. The hiding terrorist first fired upon the search party . “Ali was a resident of Ugada district of Punjab in Pakistan,” he added.

The police said incriminating materials, arms and ammunition, including 1 AK-rifle, two magazines, 40 AK-rounds, 1 pouch, 1 wireless set and 1 medicine bag were recovered from the encounter site.

Attack on police patrol

Two persons, including a policeman, were injured when militants attacked a police patrol in Srinagar's Khanyar area on Tuesday evening.

“The policeman has bullet injuries in the stomach and was shifted to a nearby hospital,” the police said.


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