Two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants were killed in a gunfight with the security forces in Awantipora tehsil of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday, police said.
“The slain militants have been identified as Irfan Ahmad Degu alias Abu Zarar a resident of Naina Litter Pulwama and Tasaduk Amin Shah of Kadlabal Pampore,” said a police spokesman, reports Greater Kashmir.
Apparently, security forces had initiated a cordon and search operation in Braw Bandina area of Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. As the forces were searching the area militants fired upon them, following which the forces retaliated, says the official.
Both of them were affiliated with proscribed outfit LeT and were wanted by law for their complicity in terror crimes, including an attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities, he added.
According to police records, Irfan was part of groups involved in planning & executing a series of attacks in the area and many other civilian atrocities. “He was involved in Case FIR No 35 of 2018 pertaining to attack security forces in Ellahibagh Pulwama in which one jawan had attained martyrdom,” said the spokesman.
“Tasaduk as per the police records was involved in Case FIR No 27/2019 of PS Pantha Chowk pertaining to killing of a civilian. Several crime cases were registered against them,” he said.
Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other crimes.