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Police bust LeT module, 3 militants held

None  Srinagar, April 22, 2013
First Published: 21:26 IST(22/4/2013) | Last Updated: 21:27 IST(22/4/2013)

Police on Monday claimed to have busted a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant module from north Kashmir's Sopore town by arresting three militants of the banned outfit.

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Inspector general of police, Kashmir, Abdul Gani Mir said the arrests were effected based on information provided by top LET commander Qari Naveed alias "Fahadullah", a Pakistani national who was arrested on April 17 from Sopore.

Mir said the module was involved in several killings including that of a youth inside a mosque in Sopore and a sarpanch in Palhallan area of Baramulla district.

The arrested militants were identified as Shakir Showket Bhat alias "Mawaz", Feroz Ahmad Dar and Mohammad Rafi Malik, he said adding two AK assault rifles, two magazines, 40 rounds, two chinese pistols with three magazines and two hand grenades were recovered from them.

Giving details of the killings carried out by the module, the IGP said Dar had shot dead Suhail Ahmad Sofi inside a mosque on March 19 at the behest of Fahadullah who had also provided the pistol used in the shooting.

The officer said LeT militant Shabir Ahmad Sheikh alias "Tameem", who got killed in an encounter at Amargad Sopore last week, was behind the killing of sarpanch Ghulam Mohammad Yatoo at Palhallan area of Pattan last year.

He said Sheikh had gone underground immediately after his involvement was revealed in Sarpanch's murder.

Moreover, the slain militant, who was a close aide of Fahadullah, was also involved in the killing of one Bashir Ahmad Ganie of Chanpora village of Kunzer on March 8.

The arrested militants were also involved in about a dozen grenade attacks in and around Sopore, Mir said.


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