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Sopore Encounter: Top LeT commander among 2 terrorists killed

| Updated: July 23, 2021 13:42

Acting on specific information generated by Srinagar Police about the presence of terrorists in the village Warpora area of Sopore, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 22RR, and CRPF in the said area.

During the search operation as the presence of terrorists got ascertained they were given repeated opportunities to surrender. However, instead of surrendering, they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter.

In the ensuing encounter, two categorized terrorists of proscribed terror outfit LeT were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter. They have been identified as Fayaz Ahmad War, son of Gh Mohi-Ud-Din War resident of Warpora a top commander of proscribed terror outfit LeT, and Shaheen Ahmad Mir, son of Mohd Kamal Mir resident of Cherpora Budgam.

As per police records, both the killed terrorists were part of groups involved in various terror crime cases and several terror crime cases were registered against them.

Pertinently killed terrorist Fayaz Ahmad War had a long history of terror crime cases, as he was associated with terrorism since the year 2008. Although he had surrendered earlier with arms & ammunition yet after his release he again worked as a terrorist associate for proscribed terror outfit HM and was detained under PSA. However after his release, in March-2020 he again joined the terrorist ranks of proscribed terror outfit LeT. Besides, being part of groups involved in several terror crime cases, he was very instrumental in planning and executing terror attacks on security establishments and civilian killings and figured among the list of most-wanted terrorists in North Kashmir. He was the last active terrorist who perpetrated a series of various terror crimes and violence in North Kashmir which included an attack on a Police party at Warpora Sopore on 04/03/2020 in which one police personnel and a civilian got killed, attack on Joint Naka party at Ahad Baba crossing on 18/04/2020 in which 03 CRPF personnel got killed, killing of one civilian namely Danish Manzoor Najar resident of Eidipora Bomai, attack on joint Naka party of Police & CRPF at Model Town Sopore in which one civilian namely Bashir Ahmad Khan resident of HMT Srinagar and a CRPF personnel got killed, firing upon Municipal councilors at Lone Mohalla Building near SDH Sopore on 12/06/2021 in which 02 Municipal councilors and police personnel were killed, killing of two police personnel and two civilians at Main Chowk Sopore.

Moreover, he was also involved in a series of grenade attacks on Police/Security establishments in areas of PD Sopore. On 26/05/2020, he carried out a grenade attack on Police Post Potukhah, on 12/12/2020 grenade attack on PP Bus Stand in which 04 civilians got injured, on 13/03/2021 another grenade attack on PP Bus Stand in which 02 police personnel got injured.

Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including 02 AK-47 rifles, 04 Magazines were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crimes.

IGP Kashmir congratulated joint team of Police & security forces for conducting successful operation in professional manner without any collateral damage.

In this connection, Police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and an investigation has been initiated. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any.“`

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