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Reportedly JeM Chief Masood Azhar’s nephew killed in gun battle

The nephew of Jaish-e-Muhammad Chief Maulana Masood Azhar was among the killed militants in a gun battle in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday. The killed militant was Jaish’s divisional commander Talha Rasheed and that the spokesperson of the terrorist group confirmed his identity to them. However, Police is yet to confirm the identity of the killed militants.

He also said two other militants killed in the encounter were divisional commander Muhammad Bhai, a non-local, and Waseem, a resident of Drubgam Pulwama.

Azhar, the chief of the UN-designated terrorist group, is accused of several terrorist strikes in India, the most recent being the attack on the airbase in Pathankot in January last year and the Uri army camp last September.

A police spokesperson said the police along with Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Rashtriya Rifles (RR) conducted an operation in the Kandi Aglar area under the jurisdiction of Rajpora police station following credible leads.

As per the reports, while the cordon was being laid, the militants opened fire in which one army Jawan and a civilian got injured. The army Jawan attained martyrdom whereas the injured civilian was evacuated and shifted to the hospital. His condition is stated to be stable.

Three weapons, including one AK assault rifle, one M16 rifle and one pistol, besides ammunition were recovered from the encounter site.

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