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Updated December 17th, 2023 at 14:11 IST

J&K: 3 'hybrid' terrorists involved in attack on policeman arrested, says DGP

The plot was devised by Pakistan-based terrorist Arjumand aka Hamza Burhan, who contacted a local mastermind named Danish Ahmad Malla to carry out the attack

Reported by: Piyush Gupta
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Hybrid terrorists are those who carry out attacks & then slip back into their regular lives. | Image: PTI/File
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J&K: Director General of Police Jammu and Kashmir R R Swain announced on Sunday that three "hybrid" terrorists had been taken into custody following the attack on a policeman in the Bemina district of Srinagar city last week.

On December 9, while on his way home, Constable Muhammad Hafeez Chak was attacked.

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According to the DGP, the plot was devised by a terrorist living in Pakistan named Arjumand, also known as Hamza Burhan, who contacted a local mastermind named Danish Ahmad Malla to carry out the attack.

"The hybrid terrorists who were involved in the attack have been arrested. This briefing is about the success that the J&K Police has achieved in tracing the killers (attackers) of one of our policemen," Swain told reporters here.

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"Constable Mohammad Hafeez Chak fortunately survived the attack. We hope and pray that he will be back hale and hearty. As far as the killers (are concerned), they had done their job. Six bullets were fired, three hit the cop and three did not," he added.

According to officials, hybrid terrorists are individuals who carry out attacks and then return to their normal lives.

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According to Swain, the mastermind Malla—who lives in the same neighbourhood with the policeman—hired Imtiyaz Khanday and Mehnaan Khan, two hybrid terrorists.

"They managed (to get) pistols and followed him for several days before carrying out the attack. The pistol used (in the attack) has been recovered at the instance of Khanday who had fired the bullets," he said.

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The DGP reported that while 57 handgun rounds were found with Malla, another pistol was found on Khan.

During interrogation, the terrorists disclosed that they had finished a list of targets.

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"They had a number of other targets. While some were finalised, others were in the process of being identified. Most of the targets were policemen but there were some non-policemen also on their radar," he said.

Asked if the arrested men had any hand in the killing of Inspector Masroor Wani, the DGP said the case was being investigated by the NIA.

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"That (case) is still under investigation, the NIA has taken over the investigation. I think It would be inappropriate to prematurely start connecting," he said.

The DGP said Turkish pistol Canik TP9 was used in carrying out the attack.

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Canik TP9 is a high-quality pistol and its lightweight makes it very good, he said.

It was not the first time that Canik TP9 has been recovered from terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, the police chief said.

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"But we are seeing a pattern and a trend... this category of small arms is being brought into Jammu and Kashmir through drones and through a variety of other means, being smuggled into our side from Pakistan," he said.

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Published December 17th, 2023 at 13:04 IST

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