Hizbul Mujahideen militant arrested in central kashmir

Srinagar: A Hizbul Mujahideen militant wason Saturday arrested and an AK assault rifle seized during an operation in Budgam district of central Kashmir, police said.

Ishfaq Ahmad Wani alias Molvi, a resident of Chechiloora, was arrested at village Peth Makhama in Magam area this morning, a police officer said.

He said an AK assault rifle and some ammunition were recovered from the possession of the captured militant.

Police assisted by Rashtriya Rifles cordoned off the village last night following specific information about presence of some militants there, the officer said.

He said the search operation was suspended late last night but a tight cordon was maintained around the village to prevent suspected militants from escaping.

The search operation was resumed this morning and was underway till the last reports were received, the officer said.