Four newly recruited militants arrested in north Kashmir: Army

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Srinagar: Four newly recruited militants have been arrested alongwith warlike stores in upper reaches of Kalaroos, area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, army said in a statement on Sunday.

They were attempting to exfiltrate across the Line of Control, army said.

“On receipt of credible information about four newly recruited terrorists being guided by three terrorists of Al Badr for a planned exfiltration, the army in a joint ops with police laid an ambush and trapped the terrorists,” army statement said.

“After a brief gunfight, extreme restraint was exercised and  opportunity given to the terrorists to surrender,’ army said and added “while the four newly recruited terrorists surrendered , the three Al Badr terrorists  deserted the new recruits and fled under cover of fire.”

Search is on to trace the other militants, army said.

Local sources said that the arrests have been made a day after the said four youths had announced to have joined militant outfit Al Badr.

They identified them as Umar Bashir Sheikh of Chotipora, Handwara, Danish Khazer Sheikh, Waseem Ahmad Khan of Chotipora, Handwara and Tahir Habib Bhat of Khuru.