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JeM militant from Pakistan killed in encounter in Budgam

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Srinagar, Jun 28: A Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant was Friday killed in an encounter with security forces in central Kashmir's Budgam district, police said.

On a credible input, a cordon and search operation was launched by a joint column of Army’s 50 RR, SOG and CRPF in Gund Checkpora area of Kanipora, Nowgam in central Kashmir's Budgam district on Friday morning, a police spokesperson said.

He said during the search operation, the militants, who were hiding, fired on the search party of the forces, who retaliated, leading to an encounter in which one militant was killed.

The spokesperson said the slain militant’s body was retrieved from the site and from the incriminating material recovered from the site of the gunfight, the slain militant was identified as a Pakistani named Zarar who was affiliated with proscribed outfit JeM.

Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the site of the encounter, he added.

The spokesperson said with efforts of police and security forces, “it was a clean operation and no collateral damage took place during the exchange of fire”.

Authorities blocked the mobile Internet service in Budgam soon after the gunfight broke out early morning.

Youth injured near gunfight site, hospitalised

Srinagar, Jun 28: A youth sustained bullet wounds near the encounter site at Gund Checkpora Kanipora Nowgam on Friday, reports said.

Reports said that the groups of youth took to streets and clashed with the police and paramilitary forces near the encounter site and its adjoining areas including Khanpora Nowgam. The police and paramilitary CRPF used pellets, tear-smoke shells and some live ammunition to disperse them resulting in minor injuries to three persons while one youth identified as Shabir Ahmad, son of Mohammad Ashraf of Chakapora, Kanapora was admitted at SMHS Hospital here with bullet injury.

According to doctors, Shabir had sustained bullet wound in his lower abdomen and is being operated upon, reported news agency GNS.

The doctor said that the condition of the youth was not well.

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