2 Hizb Militants Killed in Kulgam Encounter

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Srinagar: Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in a brief gunfight with government forces in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district late Wednesday night.

Police said that army’s 9 RR and SOG had laid an ambush at Gopalpora village in Damhal Hanjipora following a tip off about the movement of some militants in the area. “As the militants entered the ambushed area, they were challenged after which a fierce gun battle took place between the forces and the militants in which two militants were killed”, the police said.

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Both the bodies were recovered along with as many AK 47 rifles and a police spokesman identified them as Aaqib Ahmad Itoo son of Abdul Hamid Itoo resident of Gopalpora and Suhail Ahmad Rather son of Mohammad Arif Rather resident of Tantraypora Yaripora.

Meanwhile, in wake of the gunfight, authorities immediately blocked internet services including 2G/3G/4G in South Kashmir to prevent large scale public participation in militant funerals.

Hizb pays tribute to slain Aqib and Suhail

Militant outfit Hizbul Mujhadeen Thursday paid glorious tributes to two militants Suhail Ahmed and Aqib Ahmed who were killed in a gun fight in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

Hizb-ul-Mujhadeen Chief Syed Salahuddin while addressing a meeting said that these militants were not only an asset to Hizb, but to whole Kashmir nation. “We can’t forget their sacrifices. Though their separation from us is a big loss but they have played their role and ‘Inshallah’ their sacrifices will lead this oppressed nation towards destination,” he said.

“The soil of Kashmir is painted with the sacred blood of these brave young Kashmiri militants. Their sacrifices will not go waste and one day people of Kashmir will witness the Sun of Freedom,” he said and hailed the role of people for protecting and loving the militants in field. (CNS)

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