Joint forces have claimed to have arrested two Lashkar militant associates in South Kashmir’s Shopian district.

PRO Defence Srinagar in a statement said “On the intervening night of 22-23 February 2022, based on specific intelligence of presence of war like stores in Villages Awaneera and Shed Chak of Shupiyan District, Army & JKP apprehended two hardcore militant associates affiliated with LeT in a deliberately planned and swiftly executed joint operation.”

The OGWs were identified by JKP, as Amir Amin @ Umar s/o Md Amin Sofi and Aqib Mustaq Lone s/o Mustaq Ahmad Lone, both residents of Awaneera – Shed Chak area. Based on detailed investigation and questioning by the police, one AK rifle and one magazine with 24 rounds of AK ammunition were recovered from a nearby orchard, he said.

The recovery of the weapon and other war like stores came as a follow up of a joint operation in Village Cherymarg on 19 February, in which a hardcore LeT militant Mohammad Qayoom Dar of Pulwama was killed, he added.