Udhampur attack: Cops claim to have killed the attack handler

first_imgThe special Operation Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Army claimed to have killed the handler of the attack on the Border Security Force convoy.The cops, in an encounter in Awantipora, eliminated another militant.Both the militants are said to be foreign nationals and belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba. The encounter sparked protests in adjoining areas. Police used tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters.Police sources said around six to eight militants of Lashker-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen had convened a meeting in a field in Wandakhpora hamlet when the Army and the SOG started surrounding the area. While six militants, according to sources, succeeding in fleeing after a brief but heavy exchange of fire, two were killed in a nearby nursery of the agriculture department.Inspector General of Police SJM Gilani confirmed that two militants were killed in the encounter and described the operation as pro-active while denying that the militants were planning to attack Indian Air Force base, around 7 km from the site of encounter. The IGP identified one of the killed militant as Abu Ukasha from Pakistan and said he was the handler of the Udhampur attack on the Border Security Force on August 5, 2015.The attack had left two BSF men dead. In the encounter that followed, a Pakistani militant Naveed was captured alive. The case is presently being investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Baber Nadeem alias Hafiz alias Ukasha was group commander of LeT and was A+ militant with over Rs 10 lakh reward on his head.advertisementAfter the encounter, people from different hamlets of Pulwama district started protests shouting pro-freedom slogans. They also resorted to stone pelting on the police.Earlier in the day, the police recovered an AK-47 rifle after a brief gunfight with a militant in Ganderbal, around 30 km north east of Srinagar. The militant, however, managed to escape.Also read:2 militants killed in gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwamalast_img

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