Absconding militant involved in the Banihal killing Arrested

Jammu: The third accused who was on the run, was arrested today by Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier on Friday, Gaznafar and Arif were arrested in connection with the attack in which one SSB jawan was killed and another injured.

“We have arrested two terrorists involved in the terror attack on the SSB party in Banihal. They were arrested within 24 hours of the attack by the police during a major combing operation in Banihal belt”, Senior Superintendent of Police, Ramban, Mohan Lal told in a Press Conference.

“Two service rifles, including an AK assault rifle and an Insas rifle, which were snatched during the attack, were also recovered from their possession”, the SSP said.

The firing incident outside the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) post near the Jawahar Tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday in which one SSB trooper was killed and another injured was a militant attack, police said on Thursday.

“On Wednesday evening, two SSB personnel were injured when terrorists fired upon them in Banihal area of district Ramban. One of them later on succumbed while another is under treatment,” a police press release said.

“The terrorists also snatched two weapons — one INSAS rifle and one AR 41 rifle — from the injured personnel. During the preliminary investigation, it has come to fore that the terrorists had used a pistol as cartridge cases of fired ammunition have been found,” the release added.

Police said they also recovered two mobile phones in a bag near the site of incident.

“During investigation it has been revealed that three youth of a local Madrasa are also missing. Police have lodged an FIR and further investigation is on,” police said.

Earlier police had denied that the SSB personnel had been attacked by militants.

Sources had said there was suspicion that the firing could have been a fratricidal shooting incident.

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