Militants slain in Budgam gunfight identified

Militants slain in Budgam gunfight identified
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Srinagar: The two militants slain in a nocturnal gunfight with government forces in Gopalpora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district have been identified.

A police official said that the slain have been identified as Hilal Ahmad alias Abu Maaz, a resident of Yaripora and Shoaib Ahmad Lone of Kulgam.

In a press statement, a police spokesperson said that as per police records, both the militants were affiliated with militant outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and were wanted by law for their complicity in a series of crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities.

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“Hilal Wani had a long history of crime records and was involved in several cases. Hilal was the main person responsible for the recruitment into the militant fold and was longest surviving militant who was operating across the southern and central belts of the valley ever since he had joined the militant ranks in 2015. He was responsible for conspiring and executing many militant attacks on the security establishments in the valley.”

Similarly, the spokesperson said, Shoaib Lone alias Mursi was involved in several attacks and other civilian atrocities and several cases were registered against him. He was also part of groups involved in conspiring and executing attacks in the valley.

“Incriminating material including arms and ammunition, was recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records for the purpose of investigation and probe their complicity in other cases.”

He said that the bodies of the slain militants were handed over to their family after completion of medico-legal formalities.