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2 Militants Arrested in Kashmir, Had Gone to Pakistan on Valid Visas to Receive Arms Training

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Identified as Abdul Majeed Bhat and Mohammad Ashraf Mir, the two had gone to Pakistan on a valid Pakistani visa and received arms training before returning to India via the Attari-Wagah border, a police press release said.

Srinagar: Two militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba have been arrested in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramullah district by a joint team of the police, Army and CRPF.

Identified as Abdul Majeed Bhat and Mohammad Ashraf Mir, the two had gone to Pakistan on a valid Pakistani visa and received arms training before returning to India via the Attari-Wagah border, a police press release said.

The two had obtained passports to specifically go to Pakistan for training, it added.

On being questioned, the duo revealed that they had undergone terrorist training in Pakistan along with large number of Pakistani boys, many of them from Balochistan and as young as 10-years-old.

The camps in which they were trained were said to be located near Burma Town, Islamabad, and being run by one terrorist commander operating under the code names Hanzala, Adnan and Omar. Other terrorists imparting training were codenamed Osama, Naveed and Hataf.

The arrested militants have been given Pakistani visas by Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.

Police have unearthed several such modules in the recent past who lure young boys to Pakistan to get trained and join the militancy. Such boys have either been arrested and or killed in encounters.

On February 4, 2017, two militants identified as Azharuddin alias Qazi and Sajad Ahmad alias Babar were killed in an encounter in Amargarh, Sopore. Both of then gone to Pakistan on valid visa and obtained arms training.

Police have requested parents to keep a watch on their wards and their prolonged absence from home should be immediately reported to police so that their lives can be saved.