4 LeT militants from Kulgam district killed in Anantnag

4 LeT militants from Kulgam district killed in Anantnag

Anantnag: Four militants from Kulgam district, all affiliated to the Lashkar-e-Toiba and all with the same family name, were killed in a gunfight with government forces here in Dialgam area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Sunday.
The militants have been identified as Sajad Ahmad Bhat alias Abdul bhai, son of Muhammad Ahsan, resident of Yaripora; Umar Amin Bhat alias Abu Ayan, son of Abdul Salam, resident of Sopat in Devsar; Muzaffar Ahmad Bhat alias Abu Talha, son of Muhammad Amin Bhat, resident of Sopat; and Gulzar Ahmad Bhat, son of Abdul Salam, resident of Tarigam.
Police said all of them were Category C militants. Muzaffar was active since 2017 while the others had joined the outfit only last year.
The gunfight took place in the wee hours of Sunday morning in Watergam village of Dialgam.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police for South Kashmir Atul Goel, while confirming that the militants have been killed, said that a cordon and search operation was launched in the area late Saturday night following specific inputs regarding presence of militants there.
“The militants hiding in a residential house tried to escape from the spot sometime in the wee hours of Sunday morning using heavy fire as cover,” Goel said, adding that the fire was duly retaliated and the gunfight ended with the killing of the four militants.
“The bodies of the militants have been retrieved. The site is being combed and we are sure that we will be able to recover a huge cache of arms and ammunition from the site,” Goel said.
A local police official said that the militants were using a hideout — made beneath the floor of a washroom — inside a residential house in the area.
“The hideout was, in the course of the gunfight, also busted and some incriminating material has been retrieved from the place. Further investigation is going on,” the official said.
Later in the day the bodies of the slain were handed over to their families following all medico-legal procedures. Hundreds of people, already assembled in the villages of the militants, participated in the funeral prayers held for them.
The authorities had, in the morning, suspended mobile internet services in Anantnag and Kulgam districts. However, news of the militants’ killing led to a spontaneous shutdown by people in several parts of Kulgam district.

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