Harkat Militant Among Two Killed In J&K
18 January 2006
Srinagar: A Harkat-ul-Mujahideen ultra was among two persons killed and a militant of al-Badr arrested in Jammu and Kashmir since last night, a police spokesman said here today. The Harkat militant identified as Abu Huraira, a resident of Pakistan, was killed when he ran into an ambush by army at Aliayalpora village of Shopian in Pulwama district early today, the spokesman said. He said the foreign militant was asked to surrender but he opened fire and was killed in the ensuing gunfight. A pistol and a hand-grenade were recovered from him. Abu Huraira was the third militant of the outfit killed by security forces in Shopian area since yesterday. Two top ultras, including a self-styled battalion commander of the outfit, were killed in a fierce gunbattle at the house of a Congress municipal councillor yesterday. The bullet-riddled body of a youth, Mohammad Altaf Teli, was fished out from a well at Khrew village of Pulwama district today, the spokesman said adding, he was an electric fitter and had been abducted by militants a few days back. Militants abducted one Nazir Ahmad Bhat from his house at Krandigam in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district last night. However, Bhat was set free by them after taking away Rs 15,000 and a cellphone from him, the spokesman said. He said security forces, during vehicle checking, arrested a militant of al-Badr outfit, Shabir Ahmad Najar alias Abu Hamza from Chursoo area of Pulwama district and recovered a pistol, two grenades and some ammunition from him. Security forces also recovered a pistol, its one magazine, four rounds and 40 AK rounds during search operations at Ghani village of Mankote in Poonch district last night, he said.