Militant injured in gunfight last month arrested in Kupwara

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SRINAGAR: Government forces on Friday arrested a militant from Juktiyal area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

The militant believed to be a foreigner was injured in a gunfight that claimed 10 lives including five militants, three soldiers and two policemen at Check Fateh Khan of Haihama last month.

The militant had reportedly escaped in injured condition from the forests woods of Check Fateh Khan where gunfight aged for two days after starting on March 20.

The militant was apprehended during a cordon and search operation at Turshan area of Juktiyal. Prior to militant’s arrest, the joint team of army and SOG had made announcements asking people to come out of their homes, fearing gunfight. However, sources said that the militant was without arms and was in very bad health condition barely able to move.

Sources identified the militant as Zabiullah alias Hamzah son of Sonaullah, a resident of Multan, Pakistan.

A police officer confirmed the arrest and told GNS that a radio set has been recovered from his possession.

He said that no weapon has been recovered from the arrested militant. The searches are under way in the area. (GNS)