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Lashkar-e-Taiba militant arrested in Bandipora: Police

Srinagar: The Indian Armed forces on Friday arrested a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district, according to the police.

Lashkar-e-Taiba is one of the largest and most active militant organizations in South Asia, operating mainly from Pakistan. While the primary area of operations of LeT’s militant activities is the Kashmir Valley, their professed goal is challenging India’s sovereignty over Jammu and Kashmir.

The police said that the militant, identified as Shahbaz Mir, is a resident of Hajin in North Kashmir.

‘He was arrested from an orchard in Markundal village’, the police added.

According to reports, ‘acting on a specific input’ regarding the presence of militants in the area, Jammu and Kashmir Police along with 13 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) arrested one LeT outfit militant in an orchard at Markundal Village in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district this morning.

The Rashtriya Rifles or RR is a branch of the Indian Army under the authority of the Indian Ministry of Defence. The RR is a ‘counter-insurgency’ force made up of soldiers deputed from other parts of the Indian Army. The force is currently deployed in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile officials in police department claim they have also recovered one Pistol, one magazine, one hand grenade, and four rounds of ammunition, from his possession.

“A pistol, two magazines and a hand grenade have been recovered from him,” the police said.

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