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Militants killed in Lassipora gunfight identified: Police

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Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday identified the militants slain in Lassipora area of district Pulwama in a gunfight with government forces.

A police spokesperson in a statement said that the slain have been identified as Zaffar Paul son of Mohammad Ahsan resident of Dangerpora Shopian, Tauseef Ahmad Yattoo son of Abdul Aziz resident of Gudbug Pulwama, Aqib Ahmad Kumar son of Bashir Ahmad resident of Hellow Shopian and Mohammad Shafi Bhat son of Ghulam Mohammad resident Sedow Shopian.

According to the police records, the spokesperson said, it was a combined group of proscribed outfits HM and LeT. They were wanted by law for their complicity in a “series of crimes” including attack on security establishments and “civilian atrocities”.

The spokesperson said that as per police records, Tauseef had a long history of crime records and several crime cases were registered against him including FIR No. 281/2016, 509/2016, 19/2018 registered in police sttaion Pulwama and 33/2018 registered at police station Litter. He was involved in conspiring and executing many attacks in the area.

Similarly, Zaffar was involved in many crimes cases which include FIR No. 290/2017, 307/2018, 13/2019, which were registered against him in Police Station Shopian.  Aqib Ahmad and Mohammad Shafi were also involved in crimes in the area.

“Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other cases,” he said.

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