SRINAGAR Two militants of Jash-e-Mohammad militant outfit, one of them said to be Jash-e-Mohammad chief Azhar Masoods nephew, were killed at Chankitar area of Tral in south Kashmirs Pulwama district, police said.
So far two bodies of the (militants) have been recovered. They are affiliated with JeM outfit., a police official said, adding, Searches are still going on in the area. The identities of the killed militants are being ascertained, the official said.
However, the Jash-e-Mohammad militant outfit in a statement issued here to a local news agency GNS confirmed one of the slain to be the nephew of outfits Chief Masood Azhar.
Identified as Mohammad Usman, the JeM also paid tributes to him as well as the second militant whom it identified as Showkat Ahmad, a local .
IGP Kashmir, SP Pani confirmed said that this was the module responsible for recent stand-off attacks. A number of sniper rifle attacks were carried in the south Kashmir in last few days, leading to killing of a few army soldiers and had raised quite a concern among the security establishment.
The gunfight ensued Chankitar village of Mandoora area of Tral on Tuesday afternoon, soon after a joint team of armys 42RR, SOG and 180 BN CRPF launched a cordon and search operation following specific information about presence of some militants there.
As the joint team of government forces intensified searches, the militants hiding in the area fired upon at government forces, triggering off an encounter. During the course of the gunfight, sources said, the house was razed to rubble and massive searches launched. Two charred bodies of the militants were recovered, they said.
Meanwhile, police requested the citizens not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any.
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