Hybrid militant, his associate arrested in Pulwama: Police

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SRINAGAR — Police along with security forces arrested a hybrid militant and his associate in Pulwama and recovered arms and ammunition from his possession, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

A statement issued to the news agency Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that acting on specific information, Pulwama Police along with 50RR, 02 Para and 183 BN CRPF arrested a hybrid militant identified as Waqar Bashir Bhat, son of Bashir Ahmad Bhat and his associate Shahid Ishaq Pandit, son of Muhammad Ishaq Pandit — both residents of Karimabad Pulwama.

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Incriminating material, arms and ammunition including one pistol, one magazine along with ammunition were recovered from his possession, the statement said.

During preliminary questioning, it surfaced that the duo were in direct contact with Lashkar-e-Taiba Pakistani handler at Ali Sajid and were tasked to carry out militant attacks and target outside labourers in the district, the statement said.

Accordingly, police said that a case under relevant sections of law stands registered in Police Station Pulwama and an investigation has been initiated.

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