2 Hizb Militants, One Of Them Active Since 2015, Killed in Budgam

SRINAGAR — Two militants, affiliated with Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and one of the active since 2015, were killed in gunfight with government forces in Chadoora area of central Budgam district, police said on Wednesday.

“Based on a credible input about the presence of (militants) in GopalPora area of Chadoora Budgam, a cordon-and-search-operation was launched in the intervening night jointly by Police and (government) forces in the area,” a police spokesperson said in a statement issued here.

As the searches were going on, the spokesperson said, the search party was fired upon by the militants. “The fire was retaliated, leading to a gunfight,” he said.

In the ensuing encounter, he said, two militants were killed and the bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter.

They were identified as Hilal Ahmad Wani son of Mohammad Akram Wani and Shoaib Mohammad Lone alias Mursi son of Late Arshad Hussain.

As per police records, both of them were affiliated with Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and were wanted by law for their complicity in a series of attacks on security establishments.

“Hilal Wani had a long history of (militancy) records and was involved in several cases. He was the main person responsible for the recruitment into the militant fold and was longest surviving militant who was operating across the southern and central belts of the Valley ever since he had joined the militants ranks in 2015.”

 Hilal, the spokesman said, was responsible for conspiring and executing many attacks on the security establishments in the valley.

Similarly Shoaib Lone alias Mursi was involved in several attacks and several cases were registered against him, he said.  “He was also part of groups involved in conspiring and executing attacks in the valley.”

He said incriminating material including arms and ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter.

“Police has registered a case and initiated investigation in the matter,” the police spokesperson said.

 Meanwhile, authorities have snapped internet services in the central Budgam district.

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