2 LeT militants killed in Rangreth shootout: Police

Srinagar: Two lashker-e-Toiba militants were killed in an encounter with police at Rangreth area of Srinagar, officials said.

“Based on specific input regarding movement of (militants) in general area of Rangreth, surprise naka checking points were established tactically by Srinagar Police in the area. During naka checking at one such naka manned by a small team of Srinagar Police, two suspected persons on noticing the police party fired indiscriminately upon them,” a police spokesman said. However, he said, the fire was effectively retaliated, leading to a brief encounter. In the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed on spot, he said.

“One of the killed (militants) has been identified as Aadil Ahmad Wani son of Bashir Ahmad Wani resident of Daramdoora Shopian (a Pakistan trained “A” category (militant)) while as another killed as per the credible sources is a foreign (militant), yet same is being further ascertained.” Both the killed militants, he said, were affiliated with LeT.

“As per police records, both the killed (militants) were involved in several cases and civilian atrocities and played a key role in number of recent killings in Srinagar City.”

On 04 March 2020, he said, Aadil along with his associates fired upon Police Party of Police Post Warpora Sopore in which one Police Personnel Wajahat Asadullah was killed and a civilian Shaban Wagay was killed. Besides, Aadil was also involved in several grenade attacks on “Police/SF establishments including grenade attack at Bus Stand Sopore in which 19 civilians were injured, grenade attack at Police Post Bus Stand Sopore in which two Police Personnel were injured.”

“Arms & ammunition including two AK rifles and other incriminating materials were recovered from the site of encounter,” he said.

In this connection, he said, police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated.

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