Third youth allegedly involved in Banihal attack arrested

Srinagar: The third youth allegedly involved in an attack on an SSB party was arrested by police late Sunday night from Banihal area of Jammu and Kashmir, said an official, according to reports.

Police on Friday said that the Army and police in a joint operation arrested two militants while the search to nab the third is going on.

Director General of Police, Dr S. P. Vaid had told KNS that two militants involved in the attack had been arrested, with the recovery of weapons from their possession.

The two have been identified as Gazanafar, resident of Kaskote and Arif of Ashaar, Banihal. The third has been identified as Aqib Wahid of Kaskote.

Earlier, two youth – Gazanfar Iqbal Khan and Mohammad Arif Wani – were arrested along with two rifles they had snatched from the SSB troopers during an attack last week.

A Head Constable was killed and an ASI injured in the attack near Banihal tunnel on last Wednesday.

“The third absconding youth, identified as Aaqib Waheed Najar of Kaskoot, was arrested from Nowgam area of Banihal last night,” said police.

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