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4 LeT militants, 5 OGWs arrested from north Kashmir

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Srinagar: Four Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants and five of the group’s overground workers were arrested from Handwara and Sopore areas of south Kashmir, police said on Friday.

Police sources said that security forces launched a search operation in Gund Chogal village in Kupwara district’s Handwara area after receiving information about the presence of militants there.

“During the search operation, four militants linked to the proscribed terror outfit LeT were arrested,” they said.

The arrested militants were identified as Parvaiz Ahmad Chopan, Mudasir Ahmad Pandith, Mohammad Rafi Sheikh and Burhan Mushtaq Wani, the sources said.

Three AK-47 rifles, eight AK-47 magazines, 332 AK-47 rounds, 12 hand grenades, three pistols and six pistol magazines were seized, said the sources.

In another operation, security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Shalpora village in Handwara late on Thursday night following information about the presence of militants there, the sources said.

He said three LeT overground workers were apprehended during the operation.        They were identified as Aazad Ahmad Bhat, Irshad Ahmad and Altaf Ahmad Baba, the sources said.

Two pistols, two hand grenades and some incriminating documents were seized from them.

Security forces arrested the two other LeT overground workers from Sopore in Baramulla district on Thursday evening during searches at a check point near Sadiq Colony.

The sources said they were identified as Waseem Ahmad and Junaid Rashid Ganai. One pistol, two under-barrel grenade launcher (UBGL) grenades and a grenade thrower were seized from their possession, said the sources.

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