A US-made M4 carbine rifle, believed to be used in sniper attacks on armed forces, was recovered from an encounter site in South Kashmir’s Tral District on Tuesday. This shoulder-fired weapon is the standard issue firearm in the US military for most units.
According to a report in Military.com “the M4 Carbine provides soldiers operating in close quarters with improved handling and the capability to rapidly and accurately engage targets at extended range, day and night.”
Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar’s nephew, Usman Haider who was involved in sniper attacks on security personnel was killed in the encounter. Officials described his killing as a ‘major success for security agencies’.
A police officer told the Indian Express that Haider was involved in attacks in Tral. Another militant was also killed. Meanwhile, JeM in a statement confirmed that Haider was one of the two militants killed in the encounter.
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“So far bodies of two terrorists have been recovered,” J&K Police said on Tuesday night. “They are affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammad). The identity of killed terrorists is being ascertained.”
Recovery of the foreign weapon in Kashmir is nothing new. A M4 Carbine Colt and AK-47 Draco rifles were recovered from an encounter site in Pulwana District in November last year.
In August this year, the army recovered a cache of arms including 9mm pistols, magazines, rounds, one AK-56 rifle, one revolver, 14 hand grenades and one 7.62 mm foreign made rifle.
As more militants get killed, more Kashmiri youths are picking up arms as a revolt against the armed forces in Kashmir. The vicious cycle of violence continues with no solution in sight.