Srinagar 04 March (KMW): One LeT militant and three others were killed in a shootout at a security check post at Pahnoo hamlet of district Shopian.
PRO of the Srinagar based 15 Corps, Col Rajesh Kalia, said that the militants attacked armyâ€™s 44 RR party at Pahnoo village at around 8 pm today.
â€œThe fire was retaliated triggering off gunfire in which a militant was killed,â€ said the spokesperson. â€œBody of the militant along with the weapon was recovered. Three OGWâ€™S accompanying the militant in the car were also found dead.â€
The slain militant has been identified as Shahid Dar (20), s/o Mushtaq Dar, r/o Jamnagri, Shopian. The other three who the army spokesperson said were OWGâ€™s (over ground workers) have been identified as Suhail Khalil Wafay of Pinjoora, Mohammad Shahid Khan of Malikgund and Shahnawaz Ahmad Wagay of Trenz. Shahid had joined militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba just three days back. However, conflicting reports are pouring in over the identity of the three others killed. While the army says the three were OWGâ€™s of LeT, many locals allege they had nothing to do with militancy.
Meanwhile, Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for a valleywide shutdown tomorrow.
Students came out of their hostels in Kashmir University and protested against the killing, raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. A student told KMW over phone that intense sloganeering and protests were underway at the University. Sky-soaring slogans could be heard over phone in the background.