2 Militants Killed In Anantnag Encounter

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SRINAGAR — Two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were killed in an encounter with government forces in Lal Chowk area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Wednesday.

A police spokesman said that a joint patrol of forces in early hours of Wednesday launched searches in the area after receiving credible leads about the presence of militants inside a house.

“As the security forces advanced towards the suspect house, the militants hiding inside fired on them, which was retaliated, resulting in an encounter in which two militants were killed. No collateral damage occurred during the encounter,” the spokesman said, “adding, “On the basis of the “incriminating materials” seized, it is established that they belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba outfit. One of the slain militants was identified by the police as Bilal Ahmad Dar alias Bin Yamin Dar son of Mohammad Yousuf Dar of Sofi Mohalla Khudwani Kulgam. Bilal alias Bin Yamin Dar was involved in a series of militant acts, the spokesman said.

Local news agencies quoting sources said that another slain militant has been identified as Abid Hussain Bhat son of Wali Mohammad Bhat of Sazan, Bagwah, Doda in Jammu region. Abid, a 12th class pass student had joined the outfit on July 1 this month, they said.

While Bilal was laid to rest with thousands of people participating in his funeral at his native village Khudwani, the body of Abid was handed over to his family members and would be buried at Sazan area in Doda.

An eyewitness said that thousands of people from adjacent areas reached Khudwani where Dar was laid to rest.

While people were shouting pro-freedom slogans amid protests, few militants appeared at the funeral and offered a gun salute to their slain associate.

Later in the evening two persons suffered injuries in forces action at Lal Chowk Anantnag. One of them, Shahid Ahmad received a bullet wound in leg while another Javaid Ahmad received pellet injury on eyes. Both of the injured were referred to Srinagar hospital for specialized treatment.

Soon after the gunfight, authorities snapped internet services in Anantnag district and its adjoining parts. The train services were also suspended to and fro Srinagar to Banihal as a precautionary measure.

 

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