Militant killed in Bandipora encounter

A security personnel takes position during encounter at Aragam, Bandipora on Monday. -Excelsior/Firdous
A security personnel takes position during encounter at Aragam, Bandipora on Monday. -Excelsior/Firdous

HM ultra tasked soft killings arrested

Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, June 17: Security forces today killed a militant in Bandipora district while another tasked with soft killings was arrested in Kupwara district.

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The gunfight broke out after security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Aragam area of the Bandipora district last night following information about the presence of militants there.

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The Army’s Srinagar-based Chinar Corps said one militant was killed.
“Based on specific intelligence input regarding presence of terrorists, a joint operation was launched by the Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police on the intervening night of June 16-17 in the general area of Gurihajin, Aragam Bandipora; one terrorist eliminated, operation in progress,” the Chinar Corps posted on X.
The officials said the gunfight broke out after militants opened fire on security personnel. “One body has been spotted at the site of the encounter while searches are on to look for more terrorists in the area,” he said.
He has been identified as Omar Lone of Wusan village in Pattan area of Baramulla district.
In another operation launched by security forces in the Handwara area of Kupwara district a Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant was arrested today. He was reportedly tasked with target killings in the area.
Addressing a press conference in Handwara, SSP Handwara Dawood Ayoub said that, acting on specific information, a joint team of security forces, including the Army’s 30RR and Handwara Police, launched an operation at Kachri village of Handwara during which the militant was arrested.
He has been identified as Zakir Hamid Mir, son of Abdul Hamid Mir of Kachri, Yaroo.
Dawood further stated that Mir was tasked with carrying out a soft killing in the area and was in touch with the Pakistan-based handler Zahoor Ahmad Mir, who directed him in these activities.
The officer also stated that a Chinese pistol and a hand grenade were recovered from his possession and that further investigation is ongoing.
A case has been registered under FIR number 124/2024, and further investigation is continuing.