Army Deserter Among 3 Hizb Militants, Soldier killed

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SRINAGAR —  Three militants including an army deserter and a soldier were killed in a gunfight at Monghama area of Sirnoo in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Saturday. Two more soldiers were also injured during the course of a gunfight, officials said.  

“A search operation was launched jointly by the government forces based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Monghama area of village Sirnoo today morning,” a police spokesman said in a statement.

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During the search operation, militants hiding in a hideout made by the militants in open filed, fired indiscriminately, leading to an encounter, the spokesman said.

“Consequently two army men got injured and one among them succumbed to his injury while others are being treated at a hospital,” the spokesman said. The slain soldier has been identified as SWR Kishan Singh of Churu, Rajasthan.

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 Three militants were also killed and belonged to militant outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.

They were identified as Zahoor Ahmad Thoker son of Abdul Majid Thoker of Sirnoo Pulwama, Adnan Ahmad Bhat, and Bilal Ahmad of Rajpora. 

Zahoor had deserted Army last year to join Hizb militant outfit and according to police he was a known militant commander and was wanted by law for his complicity in a series of militant incidents including attacks on security establishments.

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“Several militant cases were registered against him and the prominent among them are case FIR No. 37/2018 U/S 307 RPC 7/27 I.A.Act P/S Rajpora, Case FIR No. 105/2018 U/S ¾ Exp Sub Act, 427 RPC, 3 P.P.T Act P/S Pulwama, Case FIR No. 124/2018 U/S 7/27 I.A. Act, 148,336,149,307 RPC P/S Pulwama, Case FIR No. 128/2018 U/S ¾ Exp Sub Act 307 RPC P/S Pulwama, Case FIR No. 139/2018 U/S 307 RPC 7/25 ULA of P/S Pulwama pertaining to the killing of policemen Aqib Ahmad Wagay of Puchal Pulwama,” the spokesman said.  

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