April 1999 News

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Abu Bakar killed in Surankote encounter

7th April 1999
Daily Excelsior

RAJOURI: One of the three dreaded militants eliminated yesterday by the Army at Dandi Dhara in Surankote has turned out to be a most wanted militant Abu Bakar alias Badshah, a front ranking leader of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen outfit.

A Defence spokesman said Abu Bakar had led the militants in the slaughtering of three youths and chopping off the ear of another at Hari Budha in Surankote on the intervening night of March 26 and 27. Two other militants involved in the killings had already been killed by the Army.

The spokesman said identity of the militant was established today during de-coding of the documents recovered from his possession. His body was handed over to police today after identification.

With the killing of Abu Bakar, the people of Hari Budha and adjoining areas in Surankote have heaved a sigh of relief as Bakar had let loose a reign of terror in the area with his activities. Besides brutal killing of three youths, Abu Bakar was also involved in a series of other civilian killings and attacks on the security forces.

Infact, these were the local people, who had given an information to the security forces about the presence of militants in Dandi Dhara which resulted into a successful operation by the Army and killings of three top militants.

In another operation, Army today nabbed two suspected militants identified as Mohd Khaliq son of Chiriya and Mohd Alam son of Chanda, both residents of Dudasanwalla.

After their interrogation, police conducted a raid in a hideout, built by cutting rocks at Dudasanwalla and recovered four remote control boxes, 20 detonators, six meters cordex, 10 time pencils and 50 rounds of Pika gun.

Further searches in the area were going on.

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