BUDGAM: Lashkar-e-Toiba militant Shafat Hussain Wani of Wagoora Baramulla was killed in a gunfight with government forces during which a local woman sustained a bullet injury in Arizal area of Budgam district on Saturday night, police said.
“On specific inputs regarding presence of militants, the Jammu and Kashmir Police, 53 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) of the army, and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched a cordon and search operation in Khan Mohalla of Arizal village of Beerwah tehsil in Budgam around midnight,” a police official said on Sunday.
During the search operation, one militant hiding in a house came out and tried to flee from the spot, he said. “While coming out of the house, the militant fired indiscriminately at the forces, in which a girl, daughter of Mohammad Maqbool Khan, sustained injury in her thigh,” the police official said.
The woman, identified as Humaira, was shifted to the Bone and Joint Hospital in Barzulla, Srinagar. Her condition is said to be stable.
The police official said the militant was killed in retaliatory fire by the forces. “Arms and ammunition have been recovered,” he added.
According to the official, the Arizal area is still under cordon and searches are being conducted to ascertain if more militants are present there.
SSP Budgam Tejinder Singh said the gunfight ended with the killing of the militant. A police spokesman said the militant belonged to the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). “He was affiliated with LeT since April 2017,” the spokesperson said, adding that arms and ammunition, mobile phones, and Rs 30,000 in cash had been recovered from the militant’s possession.
Local sources said that the encounter begin at 2am in the night when they were fast asleep. “All of a sudden we heard some gunshots in close vicinity. We were very afraid and did not venture out of our home,” a resident of Arizal said.