Militant commits suicide inside mosque in north Kashmir

Published - June 29, 2011 07:31 pm IST - Srinagar

A militant committed suicide on Wednesday by shooting himself inside a mosque in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district after he was surrounded by security forces, a police spokesman said.

Tamir Ahmad Khuroo alias Junaid opened fire on a CRPF bunker at Arampora in Sopore, 55 kms from here at 11.50 am, he said.

When a CRPF party led by Sub-Inspector Badloo Ram chased the militant, he took refuge inside a mosque. As security forces cordoned off the mosque, the militant shot himself in his head, the spokesman said.

“A local resident, Mohammad Akbar Sofi, entered the mosque and confirmed that a body along with a pistol was lying inside the mosque. The body was removed with the help of two other civilians and some (Muslim) police personnel,” he said.

A pistol with magazine, three empty cartridges and a live round were recovered from the mosque, he said.

Officials had earlier said that the militant was killed in an encounter with security forces.

According to the spokesman, the militant was involved in stone pelting incidents and several cases were registered against him.

Khuroo had previously worked in the shop of Ubaid Tariq Untoo, who was involved in firing on a police station in Sopore recently. Four AK 47 magazines were recovered from that shop.

For the last three months, Khuroo was working in the clinic of Dr Mohammad Ramzan Sofi where two militants of LeT - Kalimullah and Wasim Ganai - were killed on March 12, he added.

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