Will Ask Pak To Collect Body of Azhar's Nephew: IGP

The big news JeM chief Masood Azhar’s nephew killed in Pulwama encounter and 9 other top stories

Saeed KHAN AFP

Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], November 7: The terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad on Tuesday confirmed that three terrorists who were gunned down by the security forces yesterday in an encounter in Pulwama district's Aglar Kandi village of Jammu and Kashmir included Maulana Masood Azhar's nephew and group's divisional commander.

Talha, police said, is a nephew of Jaish chief Moulana Masood Azhar.

Khan said that both Mehmood and Rasheed were "A-category" militants. The other two militants have been identified as the divisional commander Muhammad Bhai and Waseem, a resident of Pulwama's Drubgam.

Lance Naik Vikram Paul Singh was also killed during the gunfight, while a civilian suffered a bullet injury.

Two other soldiers and a civilian were also injured in the operation.

The police statement issued here on Tuesday said, "From the encounter site three weapons which include one AK 47 Draco rifle, one M4 carbine colt rifle and one pistol besides ammunition were recovered".

"The recovery of the USA made carbine shows the complicity between JeM and Pakistan". After the encounter ended, the forces recovered a US-made M4 carbine rifle and a Russia-made AK74 rifle from the militants.

"This is used by the special forces of Pakistan Army, so we have a reason to believe that this weapon was given by Pakistan Army to JeM cadres".

India has long accused Pakistan of harboring militant groups and giving them material support to carry out a 28-year armed revolt in disputed Kashmir.

The press conference was jointly addressed by the IGP JK Police, IG CRPF and General Officer Commanding (GOC) Victor Force.

Azhar is a global terror mastermind who founded Jaish after securing his release following the hijack of IC 814, which took place in 1999. "We are in a firm belief that Allah will soon bless us with the freedom", he said.

"Not any we know of", the official said.

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