Police arrest ‘Pak militant’,may be linked to the attack

Sources said the suspect is a Pakistani.

Written by Express News Service | Srinagar | Published:March 15, 2013 12:59 am

The Jammu and Kashmir Police have arrested an alleged militant who,they suspect,may be linked to the fidayeen attack in Srinagar yesterday. Sources said the suspect is a Pakistani.

The police cordoned off the Chattabal neighbourhood of Srinagar on Wednesday evening following specific inputs about the presence of militants. As they converged on the house where the suspect was hiding,the alleged militant reportedly opened fire. However,he was immediately overpowered and arrested.

“He could barely fire one or two shots before he was overpowered,” said sources. “He was arrested and taken to an undisclosed location.”

While officials refused to confirm the arrest,police sources said the militant was a Pakistani and was believed to be part of the fidayeen group that struck the CRPF camp at Bemina in Srinagar Wednesday morning. Five CRPF personnel and two militants were killed in the attack and seven CRPF men were wounded.

The sources identified the suspected as Riyaz alias Abu Talib of Pakistan. They said the search for another militant who is suspected to have been part of the fidayeen group was called off late in the evening.

Soon after gunning down the two militants,the security forces had cordoned off Bemina neighbourhood to look for two other militants who they believed were part of the fidayeen group.

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