Verinag Encounter: Police version

Police in a statement today said that on a credible input, a cordon & search operation was launched jointly by police and security forces in forest area of Nowgam in Dooru Anantnag.

During the search operation, the hiding militants fired on the search party. The fire was retaliated leading to an encounter.

In the ensuing encounter, one militant was killed and the body was retrieved from the site of encounter. The killed militant has been identified as Iqbal Ahmad of Panzath Dooru.

According to the police records, he was affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM and had a long history of terror crime records. He was wanted by law for his complicity in a series of terror crimes.

As per police records he was part of a groups involved in planning & executing series of terror attacks in the area. Many terror crime cases were registered against him.

Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records for the purpose of investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crimes.

People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any.

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