Kupwara: Four newly recruited militants were arrested after a brief gunfight in Kalaroos area of Kupwara district on Sunday morning, while attempting to cross the Line of Control (LoC) into Pakistani territory, the army spokesperson said.
A police official said that one of the four arrested youths was an MBA student.
Srinagar-based army spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia told Kashmir Reader, “On receipt of credible information about four newly recruited militants being guided by three militants of Al Badr outfit for a planned ex-filtration, the army in a joint operation with police laid an ambush and trapped the four militants along with warlike stores.”
He said that there was a brief gunfight with the militants but the army exercised “extreme restraint” and gave opportunity to militants to surrender. “While the four newly recruited militants surrendered, the three Al Badr militants deserted the new recruits and fled under cover of fire,” Kalia said.
He said that a search operation is underway to trace the Al Badr militants.
A local police official identified the arrested militants as Umar Bashir Sheikh, 23, of Chotipora, Handwara; Danish Khazer Sheikh, 22; Waseem Ahmad Khan, 23, of Chotipora, Handwara; and Tahir Habib Bhat of Khuru.
The official said that among the four, Waseem was an MBA student while Umar had done a diploma in Operation Theatre (OT) paramedic assistance.