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Jaish militant Babar Bhai of Pakistan killed in Kulgam encounter, was active since 2018: Police

‘Police constable killed; 3 injured soldiers, two civilians stable, Operation was conducted in civilian population area’

KULGAM: Jammu and Kashmir police Thursday said that the slain Jaish-e-Muhammad militant in Kulgam encounter, last night has been identified as Babar Bhai of Pakistan who was active since 2018 and an AK riffle, a pistol and two grenades were recovered from him.

A police official told that last evening at about 6 PM, the Security Forces got, human intelligence about the presence of militants in the general area of Sehpura, Kulgam. “A joint operation of Indian Army and JKP was launched. Suspected houses were cordoned, as the security forces were carrying out house to house searches at about 8.45 PM, while searching a house, a militant opened fire with AK and lobbed a grenade.

Since the area and the house had civilians, the security forces exercised restraint to first evacuate the civilians. In the process one JKP Constable Rohit was killed, three soldiers and two civilians were injured,” he said.

The official said that the injured, including the civilians, were evacuated to 92 BH, including evacuation of one of the civilians by Army helicopter. All the injured are stable. Warlike stores was recovered from the encounter site,” the official said—(KNO)


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