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5 Hizb OGWs arrested in Shopian: Police

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Srinagar, Jun 19: Security forces have arrested five overground workers of Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit in south Kashmir's Shopian district, police said Wednesday.

"Based on specific input, police arrested five associates of militants from Shopian district," an official spokesman said.

He said on IED, which the militants were planning to use against security forces, was recovered at the instance of arrested persons.

The arrested individuals have been identified as Aqib Nazir Rathar, son of Nazir Ahmed Rathar, resident of Awneera; Amir Majeed Wani, son of Abdul Majeed Wani, resident of Durpura; Sameer Ahmed Bhat, son of Mushtaq Ahmed Bhat, resident of Shirmal; Faisal Farooq Ahanger, son of Farooq Ahmed Ahanger, resident of Molu Chitragam, and Rayees Ahmed Ganai, son of Mohammad Ayuob Ganai, resident of Molu Dangarpura, the official said.

"During questioning of the arrested persons, it was revealed that militants of proscribed outfit HM, along with above stated associates, were planning to target police and security forces by planting an IED in the area," he said.

A case (FIR no. 39/2019) was registered at Police Station Zainapora in this regard and further investigation is in progress, police said.

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