Militants Give Slip To Forces In Shopian, Tral; 2 Killed in Kulgam

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A soldier aims his gun towards the encounter spot in Nipora area of Kulgam on Saturday. Pic: Shah Junaid

Srinagar: Unidentified militants on Saturday managed to give slip to the government forces after engaging them in brief gunfights in south Kashmir’s Shopian and Pulwama district. Meanwhile two militants were killed in an encounter with government forces in Kulgam district.

According to the reports, unknown militants opened fire upon a joint team of police, army and paramilitary CRPF when they were laying a cordon around Turkwangam village of the district on Saturday afternoon. The joint team returned the fire triggering off an encounter. Amid the exchange of fire, the militants, believed to be two, managed to flee from the village, reports said.

After the guns fell silent, reports said state forces carried out door-to-door searches to nab the militants.

Earlier, militants and government forces traded fire in Tral area of Pulwama district. In the brief gunfight that broke out in Gulab Bagh area of Tral, militants managed to escape from the state forces, local news agency KNT reported.

Two Militants Killed In Kulgam Encounter

Two unidentified militants on Saturday were killed in an encounter with government forces in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

State forces launched a cordon and search operation in Nipora area of Kulgam this morning after receiving specific information about the presence of militants in the area, a police spokesperson said.

During the search operation, he said the militants were given opportunity to surrender, however they fired and lobbed grenades upon the joint party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter.

“In the ensuing gunfight, two militants were killed. The identity and group affiliation of the slain militants is being ascertained,” the police spokesperson said.

He said that incriminating material, including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter that was carried out ‘professionally with any collateral damage’.

“All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other crimes,” the police spokesperson said.

“In this connection a case under relevant sections of law stands registered in Police Station Qazigund and investigation has been initiated,” he added.

The police spokesperson also urged people not to venture around encounter spot till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any.

Today’s encounter comes four days after state forces killed five militants, including Hizbul Mujahideen district commander in an encounter in Sugoo area of Shopian district on Wednesday.

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