Srinagar, June 22: Security forces today killed a top commander of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) expert in Uri area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district when he was trying to ex-filitrate.
A joint operation was launched by Army’s 6 JAKLI regiment, SOG and 53 Batallion of CRPF at Bujthalan Boniyar area of Uri last night after inputs presence of the militant in the area.
During searches, the militant fired upon the search party which was retaliated, leading to an encounter. One militant was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter.
“From the incriminating material recovered from the site of the gunfight, the slain militant has been identified as a foreigner from Pakistan and is believed to be from JeM outfit,” a police spokesman said.
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Sources identified him as Rashid alias Abu Luqman, a top commander of Jaish-e-Mohammad who was active for three years and was imparting training to militants to make IEDs. The militant was trying to exfiltrate when the encounter took place in Boniyar.
He had infiltrated into Kashmir in 2017 and was operating in South Kashmir. He had shifted to North Kashmir’s Bandipora area this year and was for last 5 days in Baramulla trying to ex-filtrate to Pakistan.
One AK-47 rifle, one pistol, two AK-47 magazines, three pistol magazines, 3 grenades, one US make GPS device and one pouch was recovered from his possession.
The slain militant was also seen in a video on social media in which he is spraying pesticides along with his associates Lateef Tiger, Tariq Molvi of Hizb, at an apple orchard somewhere in South Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the body of the slain militant was handed over to members of local Auqaf Committee at Boniyar where he was later buried.