Srinagar: Police on Saturday claimed to have killed four Hizbul Mujahideen militants responsible for killing civilians in the twin districts of Kulgam and Anantnag in south Kashmir.
Acting on specific information about the presence of four militants, a joint search operation was launched by police, army and CRPF in Hardmand Guri village Kulgam during the intervening night, a police spokesperson said. The militants hiding in the village, he said fired at the search team when they started advances.
“The fire was retaliated leading to the outbreak of encounter. In the ensuing gunfight, four militants were killed,” the police spokesperson said.
He identified three of the slain militants as Shahid Sadiq Malik and Waqar Farooq Itoo of Damhal Hanjpora, Mohammad Ashraf Malik of Arwani Anantnag. The identity of the fourth militant was yet to be ascertained.
“As per the records, the slain militants were affiliated with HM and involved in several crime cases including civilian atrocities,” the police spokesperson said.
The police spokesperson claimed that the slain militants started killing civilians when the police and central forces were busy in assisting administration in combating coronavirus.
“They killed two civilians at Kulgam and another in Anantnag,” the police spokesperson said, adding “Incriminating materials, arms and ammunitions including 01 AK-47, 01 SLR, 01 Insas Rifle and 01 Pistol were recovered from their possession,”
The police spokesperson urged people not to venture around the gunfight spot till it is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any.
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