Four chiefs of four main militant outfits killed: IGP Kashmir

SRINAGAR, Jun 21 (Agencies): Vijay Kumar, Kashmir Inspector-General of Police (IGP) on Sunday said that for the “first time”, four chiefs of main militant outfits — Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizbul Mujahideen and Ansar Ghazwat-ul Hind were killed in last four months.
“I congratulate the joint forces, as it is for the first time in history that four chiefs of main militant outfits — Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizbul Mujahideen Ansar Ghazwat-ul Hind killed in four months. Elimination of leadership causes damage to outfit,” Kumar said in a press conference here.
“In the last two days, two successful operations were conducted. There was no collateral damage. In operation in Kulgam on Saturday, two militants were killed while the other two manage to escape from the spot. One of the militant is from Pakistan’s Punjab province and JeM militants. He is active in Kulgam for last three years. He is a shooter and IED expert. AK 47 is recovered from his possession, pistol and explosives,” he said.
He said that weapons recovered from a Pakistani spy drone, which was shot down by the Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday morning in Kathua might have been brought for a militant who is active in Pulwama.
“An AK-47, an M4 carbine and a pistol were recovered from Pakistani Jaish-e-Mohammed militant’s possession in Kulgam. It has been seen that Jaish militants carry M4 rifles. An M4 rifle was recovered in yesterday’s shooting of Pakistani drone,” Kumar said. “‘Ali bhai’ was mentioned in the intercepts of Kathua incident. When we checked records, we found that a Pakistani militant, Furkan, is active in Pulwama. The M4 rifle might have been brought for Furkan by the Pakistani drone,” he said.
Speaking on the gunfight in Srinagar’s Zabidal where three militants were eliminated, IGP Kumar said: “Since they were local militants, we asked some prominent people to appeal to the three militants to surrender but they didn’t budge and threw a hand grenade instead and were killed in the ensuing gun battle. Two of them have been identified.”

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