Body of a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist was recovered by security forces from Sukhnag stream in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Friday, four days after he was injured in an encounter with the forces.

On September 7, said a police spokesperson, acting on information about the presence of terrorists in Kawoosa area of Budgam, police and security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area.

“During the search operation the terrorist fired upon the search party which was retaliated. However, after a brief gunfight, one terrorist who had received bullet injury escaped from the spot and jumped into Sukhnag Nala,” said the spokesperson.

The army and police have been searching the area since then. Even divers from the navy were arranged to look for the terrorist’s body inside the Sukhnag stream, said police.

A senior police officer said that the dead body of a terrorist was recovered from the stream at Kawoosa Budgam. “He (the terrorist) had been shot in the neck as he jumped into the stream.”

The officer identified the militant as Aqib Lone of Lashkar-e-Taiba (leT) from Aglar Shopian.

Following his escape, a search operation was launched by Budgam Police, 2 RR and 44 CRPF in the said area. “The services of Marine Commandos and river police were also pressed into service and the search operation continued for four days. The joint search team were successful in recovering the dead body of a terrorist during the intervening night of 10/11 September from Sukhnaag Nallah Kawoosa.

“One hand grenade, 1 Pistol, 1 AK magazine, AK rounds, 2 mobile phones, a knife and other materials were also recovered,” said police spokesperson.

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