2 Militants Killed In Tral Gunfight

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Srinagar: Two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants on Tuesday were killed in a fierce gunfight with government forces in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said.

Acting in specific inputs suggesting presence of militants, special operations group (SOG) of police, army’s 42 RR and CRPF laid a siege Saimoh village of Tral in the wee hours today and launched a search operation. When the joint team started advances, the militants hiding in a residential house opened indiscriminate fire upon them in a bid to break the cordon.

“In the ensuing encounter, two militants have been killed and their bodies have been retrieved from the site of encounter. The identification and affiliation of the killed militants is being ascertained,” police said.

Police said that two AK Rifles, 5 magazines and 80 rounds, two pistols with 10 rounds and two hand grenades were recovered from the gunfight spot.

“All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other crimes,” a police spokesperson said, while describing it as a “clean operation” with no collateral damage.

The police spokesperson said that a case under relevant sections of law stands registered in Police Station Tral and investigation has been initiated.

“People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any,” the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, the locals said the encounter continued for nearly six hours before the two Jaish-e-Muhammad militants were killed. The house where the militants were hiding suffered minor damages.

The eyewitnesses identified the slain militants as Maqbool Chopan and Aqib Ramzan. While Chopan was said to have joined militant ranks in April this year, Ramzan was reportedly active for a year.

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