2 Militants Killed, Woman Hurt During Anantnag Encounter

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Anantnag: Two militants were killed while a woman received bullet injuries during an encounter that raged between militants and government forces in Viddy Srigufwara area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday morning.

Police sources said that a joint team of Police, Army’s 3 RR and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in the area.

He said that as the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the militants present there fired upon them, which was retaliated, thus triggering an encounter.

During the exchange of fire, two militants were killed and a woman living near the encounter site received bullet injuries, police said, adding that one militant is said to be local while the other is a foreigner.

Police said both were affiliated with Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM).

Police also identified the injured woman as Arifa Jan a government teacher by profession.

According to Principal GMC Anantnag, Dr Showkat Jeelani they received a lady with bullet injuries on Monday morning. He said that the condition of the injured lady was stable.

Pertinently, 130 local as well as non-local militants including some top commanders like Riyaz Naikoo of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Qari Yasir of JeM, Hyder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Burhan Koka of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind were killed in series of military operations this year so far.

Earlier authorities snapped internet services in the Anantnag district soon after the news of the encounter broke out.

Meanwhile, in a statement issued here, Police spokesman said that on specific inputs generated by Anantnag Police regarding presence of militants in Srigufwara area of Anantnag, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by JKP, 03 RR and CRPF in the said area.

During the search operation, as the presence of militants got ascertained they were given the opportunity to surrender, however they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter.

In the indiscriminate firing by militants, one woman received gunshot injuries. She was shifted to hospital for treatment where her condition is stated to be stable.

In the ensuing encounter, two militants affiliated with JeM were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. One of the slain militants has been identified as Nasir alias Shahbaz alias Baz Bai, a Pakistan resident, ‘A’ category militant, while as the identification of the other slain militant is being ascertained.

“Arms and ammunition and other incriminating materials were recovered from the site of encounter. Search in the area is in progress,” police said.

Keeping in view present COVID situation, the dead bodies of the slain militants shall be sent to Baramulla for their last rites after conducting medico-legal formalities including collection of their DNA. “In case any family claims the slain militant to be their kith or kin, they can come forward for their identification and participation in last rites at Baramulla,” police said.

In this connection, a case under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station and investigation has been initiated, police said, while appealing people to cooperate with them till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any.

3 Slain Sopore Militants Buried in Baramulla

Meanwhile Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday morning buried all the three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants who were killed in Reban area of Sopore on Sunday in Sheeri village of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Police officials said that nobody approached them before the bodies were taken to Sheeri Baramulla.

They said that the decision was also taken in view of Covid-19 pandemic.

“Sheeri is place where foreign militants or those who remain unidentified are buried,” said an official.

Earlier, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Zone, Vijay Kumar Tweeted, “Pakistani LeT Militant Usman killed in encounter. He was involved in recent Militant attack at Sopore in which one CRPF jawan was killed and one civilian was killed. Big success for Police & SFs.”

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