JeM chief's nephew among 3 militants killed in Pulwama encounter

JeM chief's nephew among 3 militants killed in Pulwama encounter

On Monday, soldiers surrounded a village in Pulwama district and killed Talha Rasheed, a nephew of Azhar, along with two associates in the gunfight, police inspector general Muneer Khan said.

During the encounter, two other suspects and an Indian soldier were also killed during a cordon and search operation in Aglar Kandi village of Pulwama district by Indian security forces, India media reported. Hassan Shah, the JeM spokesman, identified other militants as Muhammad Bhai, and Waseem, a resident of Drubgam in Pulwama.

The encounter is on between security forces and terrorists.

The recovery of M4 carbine from one of the gunned down terrorists at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir is yet another evidence of Pakistan's support to terror activities, Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat said on Tuesday.

While the police had said that the civilian was caught in cross fire during the encounter, the locals had alleged that he was "deliberately" targeted by the security forces during the protests. A joint column of army and police launched the operation. "The matter will be taken up through proper channels".

For the first time in the almost 3-decade old militancy in the State, an American M4 carbine colt rifle was found on the slain militants.

Showkat Ahmad, a civilian, got injured when protesters clashed with the security forces to disrupt the operation.

"This US-made M4 carbine is presently with a lot of armies with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

He, however, added that that militants have been facing a shortage of weapons, and of the 114 active militants in south Kashmir, more than 50 who have joined in the last six to seven months are carrying just a pistol. He said as JeM has owned Rashid, Pakistan should take his body.

"Not any we know of", the official said.

A photo of a militant flaunting an M4 rifle had gone viral in Kashmiri social media circles last week.

Replying questions, IGP Khan said that there are 16 to 20 JeM militants still active in Kashmir Valley. "We are not concerned what is their religion or other things", he said. When they opened fired, the forces retaliated and gunned down the terrorists.