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Afghan war veteran Fouji Baba among three militants killed in gunfight in Pulwama, says police

Afghan war veteran Commander Fouji Baba was behind unsuccessful car bombing, says IGP Kumar

Pulwama: Inspector General of Police Kashmir, Vijay Kumar on Wednesday said that an Aghan war veteran who was the mastermind behind the recent unsuccessful car bomb blast was among three Jaish-e-Muhammad militants killed in a gunfight with the armed forces in southern Pulwama district.

The slain commander has been identified as Abdur Rehman or Fouji Baba, who had participated in Afghan war and was fighting in Kashmir since 2017, Kumar said.

Fouji Baba, he added, was the IED expert and was the mastermind of May 28 car bomb plan which was averted on time by the police, army and CRPF.

As per the police, the slain militant commander belonged to Multan area of Pakistan.

In the gun battle, three Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants were killed after the armed forces including police, army and the CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in Astan Mohalla.

As per the police, the joint team encircled the suspected spot and the militants fired upon them. The fire was retaliated by the joint team, triggering off a gunfight.

In a tweet, a police spokesman said all three militants were killed in the gunfight. He said arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of the firefight.

Scores of civilians clashed with the armed forces as the gunfight raged on.

 

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