Two local Lashkar militants killed brief shoot-out in Budgam: Police

BUDGAM — Two local militants, affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant outfit were killed in a brief encounter near Court Complex in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Tuesday.

Police in a statement said, acting on specific input regarding movement of militants a joint Naka of Police and Army (62RR) was established near Court crossing Budgam. During area domination, the joint party signalled a suspected vehicle (sumo) bearing registration number JK04B-6771 to stop however, the militants onboard jumped from the vehicle and started firing indiscriminately on the joint party which was retaliated effectively, leading to an encounter.  

The statement said, during the brief shoot-out, two militants linked with the proscribed militant outfit LeT were neutralized and have been identified as Arbaaz Ahmad Mir, a resident of Putrigam Rajpora and Shahid Ahmad Sheikh, a resident of Kisrigam Kakapora.

Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including 1 AK-47 rifle and 1 pistol were recovered from the site of encounter.

As per police records, both the killed militants were categorized militants and part of groups involved in several terror crime cases, the statement said.

Both the militants escaped earlier from the recent encounter in Budgam. They were tasked to carry out some sensational terror incident in Budgam district ahead of forthcoming Republic Day, the statement said. — (KIMS)