PAMPORE: Five to six cadres of Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit are present in Pulwama and Awantipora police districts, army said Monday, a day after a Pakistani militant was killed and a local militant arrested in a gunfight in Khrew area of Pampore.
Commanding officer of Army’s 50 Rashtriya Rifles, Samar Raghav, flanked by Superintendent of Police Awantipora Mohammad Zahid, told media that one group was has been wiped off, whose movement was being tracked for last one month. One more group is active in Pulwama-Kakapora-Newa belt which is being tracked at the moment, he said.
One militant was killed and another arrested on Sunday after a two day long operation in a forest area in Khrew Pampore, in a joint operation by police, army and CRPF in an operation which lasted for more than 48 hours.
Officials said one AK-47, 3 magazines and 2 grenades were recovered from the slain foreign militant (Waseem from Pakistan), while as one pistol, one magazine and a grenade were recovered from the arrested local militant.
The arrested militant was identified as Suhail Ahmad Lone, son of Nisar Ahmad, resident of Khrew Pampore, Raghav said at the presser at 50RR camp at Lethpora Pampore.
He said that after Suhail had gone missing from home and joined militancy, his mother had appealed government forces to bring him back alive.
“He fired fiercely on us but we maintained maximum restraint and overpowered him,” Raghav said.
He said that he has arranged for a meeting of his mother with him and that he had given a word to his mother to get him back alive.
In reply to a question Raghav said that that Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit was largely comprised of foreign militants, with few local recruits.
He said that the slain militant Waseem was at A++ category militant.