Four ISinspired militants killed in JK gunfight

first_imgSrinagar: Four “Islamic State-inspired” militants were killed on Sunday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said. Following the gunfight, Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh told reporters that the four militants killed in the Daramdora village of Shopian were locals and belonged to the Islamic State-inspired Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind outfit. The killing of the four Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind militants comes within a month of the outfit’s chief Zakir Musa being killed in a gunfight with security forces in Tral area of Pulwama district on May 24. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Identifying the killed militants as Showkat Ahmed Mir, Rafee Hassan Mir, Suhail Ahmad Bhat and Abdul Azad Ahmad, the DGP said they were led by Showkat Ahmad Mir of Pulwama district and all of them were wanted in many terror-related cases. Earlier, Defence Ministry spokesman, Colonel Rajesh Kalia had said: “Four terrorists have been killed in Daramdora village of Shopian district. Weapons and other incriminating material have been recovered from their possession.” Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize The gunfight broke out after the security forces started a cordon and search operation in Daramdora village. “The operation was focused on the orchard area. As the security forces tightened the cordon around the militants, they opened fire, triggering the encounter,” a police officer said. As a precautionary measure, authorities had suspended mobile Internet services in Shopian.last_img read more

UN envoy on Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon meets with Arab League chief

Terje Roed-Larsen, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559 calling for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Lebanon, disbanding all militias and extending Government control over the whole country, met with Mr. Moussa in Madrid, Spain, before leaving for Egypt for talks with President Hosni Mubarak.Last night he discussed his mission with Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos after meeting with European leaders in Brussels.He last visited Lebanon and Syria in the first half of February, his first trip in the new job he assumed in January after serving as UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. Since then, the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has increased tension in the area.At the weekend Syrian President Bashar Al Assad offered a phased withdrawal of his country’s troops, which have been in Lebanon since the early stages of the 1975-1990 civil war.Mr. Annan, speaking to reporters today in Spain, where he will deliver a major speech on Thursday outlining a UN strategy against terrorism, emphasized again that a “full withdrawal” of foreign forces from Lebanon was the key point.”I think that, from the Security Council’s point of view, what is essential is that full and complete withdrawal takes place, regardless of whether it is done on the UN resolution, on the Taif agreement [ending Lebanon’s civil war], or a decision by the Government of Syria,” he said.”The Government of Syria has not rejected the Security Council resolution and we will be working with them, and I will have a better sense after my envoy comes back to report to me following his discussions as to how quickly the withdrawal can take place, and I hope he will be able to come back with a timetable.” read more