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J&K police guns down 3 terrorists as ISIS affiliated module is busted

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Three militants including and Syed Owais, both of whom left their third year course to join militancy, were killed in an encounter today, a development being seen as a blow to the attempts by the notorious terror group to gain ground in the Valley. Three militants were spotted at a village in the Hakura area of district in south late last night and special teams were despatched after intelligence inputs confirmed the presence of Fazli and Owais, officials said. The locality was cordoned at 1 AM and in a brief encounter, the three cadres of Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen, a terror group which has announced its affiliation to the ISIS, were gunned down as they tried to escape under the cover of darkness, they said. The operation was kept "top secret" till its execution as Fazli had managed to give the security forces a slip man a times before, an said. "In the process, arms and ammunition which include AK 47 rifles, pistols, hand-grenades, etc. were recovered from the There was no collateral damage during the operation, " a said. One of the slain militants was involved in a recent attack on a police post at Soura in the city, in which a was killed, he added. Fazli along with Owais left engineering studies in third year and joined militancy in 2017. It was initially believed that the two had joined Hizbul Mujahideen, but later it was found they were part of the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, a radical outfit which called for jihad to establish caliphate in Son of a principal, went missing from his hostel room in (BGSBU) in Rajouri on 17 August last year. His death was also announced by his father on The helpless parent had been making fervent appeals for his return. Security officials said Fazli and Owais were touted as "terror factories" as they were radicalising youths in the Valley. The bodies of the two were laid to rest separately.

While Owais was buried at his village in Kokernag in south Kashmir, Fazli was laid to rest in city. Hundreds of mourners turned up for the funeral and in Kokernag, some militants appeared and fired in air as well. flags were waved at Fazli's residence when his body was brought for the funeral. Immediately after the of the death of the three broke, pictures appeared on social media sites, believed to be run by youths owing allegiance to The three were identified as -- Abu Zarr al Hindi, and Meanwhile, authorities ordered closure of schools and other educational institutions as a precautionary measure. A senior said schools and colleges were closed to maintain law and order. University suspended classes for the day and postponed examinations. A of the varsity said the revised date for examinations scheduled for today will be announced later.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 21:10 IST