Jaish militant of Pakistan killed in Pulwama triggers protest

Jaish militant of Pakistan killed in Pulwama triggers protest
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Srinagar: A militant of Jaish-e-Mohammad was killed in a brief shoot-out at Litter area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama on Tuesday, police said.

A police official said that militants attacked an army patrolling party of 55 RR in Chowduribagh. The army retaliated the fire, triggering an encounter which lasted for a brief time leading to the killing of a militant.

The slain militant was identified as Nasir Bhai of Pakistan, sources. He was active in Pulwama district for last several years.

“The slain was involved in a number of militant attacks, grenade throwing incidents on forces,” a police source told GNS.

Following the killing of the militant, protests broke out as youth took to streets and pelted  government forces with stones who in turn lobbed tear smoke shells and pellets triggering off clashes. The protesters also torched a Tata Mobile load carrier near the site of shootout.

Meanwhile, a police spokesman said that incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the slain militant. “Notably no collateral damage took place during the incident amidst reports of some firing on the security forces for a nearby area was received when the encounter was in progress,” it said in a handout.

Police has registered a case in the matter and investigation is being initiated, the spokesman added. (GNS)