Pampore: A Pakistani Jaish-e-Mohammad militant was killed and his associate arrested during a brief gunfight in a forest area at Khrew in Pampore on Sunday afternoon, police said.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that army received information two days ago about some militants in a forest at Bathena in Khrew, following which they cordoned the area. “It took two long days for government forces to reach and maintain contact with the militants,” said a police officer.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Awantipora Mohammad Zahid said that the operation was on in the area for the last two days. He confirmed the claims of locals that gun shots were fired by government forces on the intervening night of 23 and 24 November, in a bid to locate the militants after having failed to do so for two days.
The SP Awantipora told Kashmir Reader that finally an encounter broke out, briefly, at about 3 in the afternoon inside a cordoned area. It finished soon without any collateral damage.
The SP said that during the brief gunfight, one Jaish-e-Mohammad militant of foreign origin was killed and his associate was captured alive.
He said the captured militant was under investigation and his arrest was a big success for the forces.
Police identified the arrested militant as Suhail Ahmad Lone, son of Nisar Ahmad, resident of Khrew.
“Both the militants belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit,” police said, adding that Suhail had joined the outfit a few months back.
Suhail Ahmad Lone left home in July this year.
“The mother and father of Suhail urged him to return and shun the gun, after he had went missing from home, in an appeal through social media,” locals said, adding that the mother had pleaded with her son to return.
In a statement, police said that arms and ammunition including AK-47 rifle and magazines were recovered from the killed militant. The militant’s code name appeared to be “Waseem”.