LeT militant killed, woman injured in Budgam encounter

As news about the militant's killing spread, police, Army and paramilitary forces sealed all roads leading to his native village Wagoora in Baramulla. This triggered stone-pelting at nearby places, including Nowpora and Shrakwara.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Wagoora (baramulla) | Updated: March 26, 2018 3:05:42 am
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Lashkar-e-Toiba militant Shafat Hussain Wani was killed on Sunday morning in a brief encounter at Arizal village of central Kashmir’s Budgam district. A civilian woman was injured in the exchange of fire between Wani and security personnel. “On specific input regarding presence of terrorists, Budgam police, 53 RR (Rashtriya Rifles) and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in Arizal,” said a police spokesperson. “During search, terrorists came out of a house and fired indiscriminately on security forces. In retaliation, a terrorist was killed. He has been identified as Shafat Hussain Wani”. Police said Wani was associated with Lashkar-e-Toiba.

As news about Wani’s killing spread, police, Army and paramilitary forces sealed all roads leading to his native village Wagoora in Baramulla. This triggered stone-pelting at nearby places, including Nowpora and Shrakwara. Police fired teargas shells to disperse the stone-throwers. A large crowd gathered at Wani’s funeral, where Pakistani flags were waved and pro-Pakistan slogans raised.

Wani, who joined militants in April last year, was described by villagers as a brilliant student who taught many children of the village at a private school and also gave tuitions.

A villager said many children who attended the funeral were Wani’s students. “He was a brilliant student. After passing Class XII exams, he would often help militants. He started teaching after dropping out of college and later joined the militants,” the villager said.

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