2 militants killed in south Kashmir encounters

SRINAGAR: Two militants were killed in two separate encounters with army and police in Kulgam and Pulwama districts of south Kashmir.

Official sources said that SOG and army’s 9 RR on a tip-off laid a siege around Shampora village of Qazigund in Kulgam district early this morning and started search operations. The search team came under fire when they made advances to the residential house of Ghulam Ahmad Parray, where a Hizbul Mujahedin militant was present. The govt forces returned the fire sparking off fierce gun-battle. In the exchange of fire, the lone militant was killed.

“A Hizb militant Javed Ahmad Salfi of Bulbul Nowgam was killed in an encounter this morning,” SHO, Qazigund, Kulgam, Ishfaq Alam said adding that it will take few more hours to retrieve the body from the debris of the three-storey house

Sources said that the joint team sought the services of some locals to persuade Javed to surrender. However, Javed declined the offer and fired at the search team to escape from the cordon.

“The forces blasted the house when the gun-battle turned fierce,” sources said, adding Javed was a ‘recycled militant’. He had surrendered in 2002 and turned as army informer. Later, he rejoined the militant ranks,”

Javed, sources said, had fired at and injured a cop at Janglat Mandi area of the Anantnag town last year. He had also managed to run away with the service rifle of the injured cop

Meanwhile, an unidentified militant was killed in a separate encounter in Dadsaran area of Awantipora in the neighbouring Pulwama district.

A defence ministry spokesman said that an unidentified militant was killed in an exchange of fire with army’s 3 RR personnel at Dadsaran, Awantipora on Monday evening. The official said that the search operation in the area was going on.

“One militant was killed after army started search operation following a tip-off,” the spokesman added.

However, sources said that two more militants managed to give slip to the forces after their associate was killed. The militants, sources said, took advantage of the darkness and fled from the spot. 

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