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Militant escapes from police custody
Ehsan Fazili
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, September 7
A policeman was injured in an attack leading to the escape of an arrested militant of the Hizbul Mujahideen from the court premises at Pulwama today.

Five militants were among six killed in separate incidents in the Kashmir valley since yesterday.

The militant, Altaf Ahmad Malik, alias Pintoo, had allegedly been involved in the killing of IRCON railway engineer Sudhir Pandey and his brother at Pulwama.

He was taken to the District and Sessions Court at Pulwama in connection with the hearing of the case.

When he was being taken to the court handcuffed, suspected militants lobbed a grenade and opened fire.

The policeman escorting him to the court was seriously injured while the people around ran for safety and the militant escaped in the confusion.

A massive manhunt was launched to nab the militant, a resident of Litter in Pulwama.

Two militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen were killed in an encounter with security forces at the Gulshan Bagh Nalla in Pulwama district early this morning.

Troops of the 82nd Battalion of the BSF laid an ambush on the receipt of specific information around 4 am today.

Two militants were killed in the encounter that ensued after they were challenged by the security forces.

Two pistols, two magazines, 12 rounds of pistol ammunition, two hand grenades, two AK-47 magazines with 27 rounds, Rs 1,195 in Indian currency, Rs 2,000 of fake Indian currency, one transistor IED, two pouches and a warning letter were recovered from the site of encounter.

Three unidentified militants of the Lashkar-e-Toiba were killed in an encounter with security forces at Rajwar in Handwara, Kupwara district, last night.

Unidentified militants shot a Hawaldar, Abdul Gaffar Mir, who had gone home on leave, at his house in the Badhbugh Handwara area of Kupwara district last evening.



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