Srinagar: A top Pakistani militant commander, who was involved in the recent killings of cops in north Kashmir, was killed in an early morning gunfight in Srinagar outskirts, officials said.
In a separate incident this evening, a cop was wounded in a militant attack in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said.
Police said the joint operation was launched based on specific input generated by Srinagar Police regarding his presence in Theed Harwan area of Srinagar.
As per police records, Saifulla was a categorized militant and was linked with Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT).
"He had infiltrated in year 2016 via Bandipora Sector and later on sneaked into District Srinagar on the directions of Pak based Commanders of LeT outfit for intensifying terrorist related activities in District Pulwama, Srinagar, Ganderbal and Budgam. Saifulla was working as Group Commander of proscribed terror outfit LeT in District Srinagar as he was familiar with the topography of District Srinagar, Pulwama and its outskirts," the spokesman said.
He was also the mastermind behind the attack carried out by his associates at Lawaypora Srinagar in which two SF personnel were martyred and 1 AK-47 rifle was also snatched.
He was involved in an attack on a police party of PS Bandipora at Gulshan Chowk Bandipora in which two police personnel were martyred.
"Besides, attacks on Police/SF he was also involved in civilian killings which include killing of BJP President Waseem Bari, his brother and father on July 8, 2020," police added.
An AK-47 rifle, three Magazines and one grenade were recovered from his possession.
This evening, policeman was shot at and wounded in a militant attack in Pulwama.
Police said, Mushtaq Ahmad Wagay was shot near his native village Bandzoo in south Kashmir.
The injured cop was shifted to Sub District Hospital Pulwama for treatment.
Sources said that a cordon has been laid in the village to track the attackers.
Meanwhile, security forces arrested a militant associate identified as Feroz Ahmad Zargar alias Kamraan resident of Gratbal, Quimoh, Kulgam and recovered a Chinese Pistol alongwith magazine and other ammunition from his possession.
Source: India Blooms