Srinagar, Oct 12 (UNI) Troops and Jammu and Kashmir police arrested two most wanted Al-badr miliants while a major arms haul was recovered in the Kashmir valley early this morning, a police spokesman said.
However, he clarified that both the arrested militants, who were earlier described as Pakistan national, were locals.
Giving details, he said, a tip off was received by Handwara police about the presence of militants in village Check Sanzipora in the frontier district of Kupwara.
A search operation was later launched in the area alongwith 30 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) during which militants opened fire, ensuing an encounter.
However, the militants were later forced to surrender by the security forces, he said.
The militants were identified as Nissar Ahmad Thoker alias Abu Wikas and Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar alias Abu Maaz residents of Padderpora Shopian.
One AK 47, One AK 56, six AK magazines, 108 rounds of AK ammunition, six grenades, two pouches and one Hover sac bag have been recovered from their possession .
He said Abu Wikas was close aide of Al-Badar operational commander North Kashmir Tamim Ahmad a resident of Pakistan and has been involved in almost all militancy-related incidents of Al-Badar for last one year in Rafiabad, Qaziabad and Mawar areas of Baramulla and Handwara.
Abu Maaz has recently joined Al-Badar outfit of Tamim group and was working directly under his command.
It was a big success for the security forces in north Kashmir, he said.
The spokesman said troops of 16 Field Regiment and CRPF 176 battalion unearthed a hideout during a search operation in the general area of Batoo Tangmarg, in Baramulla district.
Three pistols, four pistol magazines, two AK magazines, 100 rounds of ammunition, four motor rounds, five IED circuit, ten detonators, one radio set and some items of ration, eatable were recovered from the hideout.
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