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Al-Badr terrorist killed, cop injured in Kulgam encounter: Police

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Srinagar, Jun 27: An Al-Badr terrorist was killed in an encounter with security forces on Tuesday in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district while a policeman was also injured, police said.

A police spokesman said a cordon and search operation was launched by security forces in Hawoora area during the night after a specific input regarding the presence of a terrorist.

“As the search party moved towards the suspected spot, the hiding terrorist fired indiscriminately, leaving a police personnel injured,” the spokesperson said, adding he has been shifted to a hospital for treatment.

“The hiding terrorist was given an opportunity to surrender, but he kept on firing on the forces, inviting a retaliation,” the spokesman said.

In the ensuing encounter, the local terrorist linked with proscribed Al-Badr was killed and his body retrieved from the site, he said.

The spokesperson identified the slain terrorist as Adil Majeed Lone, son of Abdul Majeed Lone, a resident of Akbarabad Hawoora, Kulgam.

Incriminating material, arms and ammunition including a pistol with live rounds and a grenade were recovered from the site of the encounter and taken into case records for further investigation, the spokesman added.

Earlier, a video purportedly showing the Lone minutes before his killing surfaced on social media in which he identified himself as Adil Majeed Lone, associated with al-Badr outfit.

“My name is Adil Majeed Lone. I am a resident of Hoowra village of Kulgam district, associated with al-Badr outfit. I have been working with them for a long time,” he says in the video, brandishing a pistol.

He asked people to pray for him “so that God accepts my martyrdom”.

Police said a case under relevant sections of law has been registered in this regard and further investigation is in progress.

“People are requested to cooperate with police till the area at encounter site is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any,” police said.

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