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Kulgam gunfight: All three killed militants affiliated with JeM, says JK police

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday identified all three militants killed in a gunfight with armed forces in southern Kulgam district on Sunday.

A spokesman identified one among the trio as Raqib Ahmad Sheikh son of Mohammad Amin Sheikh resident of Shiganpora Kulgam.

From the incriminating material recovered the site of the gunfight, the other two militants were identified as Waleed and Numan – both from Pakistan, he said.

The killed, he said, were affiliated with militant outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad.

“Waleed and Numan, as per police records, were the top commanders of proscribed outfit JeM who were active in southern parts of Kashmir valley,” he said.

Arms and ammunition including rifles were recovered from the site of the gunfight.

“All these materials have been taken in the case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other cases,” he said.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown is being observed in Kulgam following the killing of the militants.

All shops and other commercial establishments are closed while traffic remains off the roads.

Three JeM militants, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Operations Aman Thakur and an army man were killed in the gunfight in Turigam village of Kulgam yesterday.

Earlier, a joint team of army’s 34 RR, CRPF and SOG launched cordon and search operation in Turigam village.

The cordon was laid in the area following credible inputs about the presence of some three JeM militants in the area .

Clashes occurred near the gunfight site as civilians tried to disrupt the operation against the militants. Armed forces used tear smoke and pellets to disperse the protesters.

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