Militant killed, teenage girl injured in Budgam gunfight

Militant killed, teenage girl injured in Budgam gunfight
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Srinagar, Mar 25: A Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant was killed by security forces in a brief encounter in the central Kashmir district of Budgam in the wee hours on Sunday.
A police said that following specific information about presence of a militant Khan Mohalla, Arizal, Beerwah in Budgam, troops of 53 Rashitriya Rifles (RR), Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF launched a joint search operation in the wee hours in the area.
He said when the area was being cordoned off, the militant came out from a house and fired indiscriminately on security forces with automatic weapons.
Security forces also retaliated and in the exchange of fire the militant was killed. “Arms and ammunition, other incriminating materials, besides mobile phones, cash worth Rs 30000 were recovered from the encounter site,” he said.
He said a girl was also injured who received a bullet in the exchange of fire. “She was promptly evacuated to hospital by the police for medical treatment and her condition is now reported to be stable. The area is under cordon and search is being done,” he said.
The spokesperson said that the slain militant has been identified as Shafat Hussain Wani son of Mohammad Akbar Wani resident of Wagoora in Baramulla. “Wani was affiliated with militant outfit LeT since April 2017,” he added.
Meanwhile, mobile internet services have been suspended due to security reasons in Budgam and Baramulla, where security forces have been deployed in strength in sensitive areas to maintain law and order.
This was the second encounter in the valley during the past 24 hours. Early yesterday two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) foreign militants were killed in Anantnag district of South Kashmir.
Meanwhile, amid massive pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, thousands of people on Tuesday turned up for the funeral prayers of slain LeT militant Shafat Hussian Wani at his native Wagoora village of Baramulla district in north Kashmir.
During the funeral procession, people raised massive pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India protests. Emotional scenes were witnessed before and after the funeral prayers were held for Shafat in his native village of Wagoora.
People from adjoining areas thronged Wagoora early in the morning and participated in the funeral.
Coffin of Shafat was showered with petals and almonds amid pro-freedom sloganeering, reports reaching here said.
Earlier, forces were deployed in strength in and around Wagoora area to prevent any untoward incident.
Authorities also suspended the mobile Internet service in parts of Baramulla soon after Wani’s killing.