Lashkar-e-Islam No. 2 drowned while fleeing: police

Lashkar-e-Islam No. 2 drowned while fleeing: police

Body recovered from flood channel in Naidkhai

SRINAGAR: Body of Tariq Ahmad Mir, who police say is a militant responsible for the attack on a check post on Friday, was recovered from the flood channel in Naidkhai area on Monday.
Media reports said that Mir alias Zahid was the second most important man—after Qayoom Najar—in the breakaway faction of Hizbul Mujahideen, which calls itself Lashkar-e-Islam.
“After the Friday attack the police were searching for the militants. We had information that the duo had escaped via Sumbal area after jumping into the flood channel to save their lives but Tariq failed to cross it and died,” said deputy inspector general of police (north Kashmir) Gareeb Das.
On Friday, two car-borne gunmen had attacked a police party near Mujgund when they were asked to stop. Station house officer of Pattan police station and two policemen were injured in the attack. The SHO has been shifted to Delhi for specialised treatment. The gunmen had escaped from the spot.
Mir’s body was recovered from the water body near Naidkhai, which is about 10km from the spot where the attack on the police team occurred.
Mir, a resident of Mawar, Handwara was a Pakistan-trained militant and a divisional commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, Das said.
However, Kashmir’s largest indigenous militant outfit did not issue any statement claiming responsibility for the attack, nor announcing Mir as their own man.
Das said that the local residents had informed the police about a dead body in the flood channel. He said a pistol, magazine and 13 bullets were found near Mir’s body, which was handed over to his family after autopsy.

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