Encounter Rages On In Kupwara Woods

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Srinagar- An encounter broke out between state forces and militants on Saturday in a forest area in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, police said.

Acting on specific information about the presence of militants in the forest area of Dana Behak in Warnow area of north Kashmir, state forces launched a cordon and search operation there, a police official said.

He said during the searches, the militants fired on the forces, who retaliated, ensuing an encounter.

The exchange of firing is going on and further details are awaited, the official said.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Kupwara, Shriram Ambarkar was quoted by a local news agency KNO as saying that more reinforcement have been rushed to the spot and the operation will continue throughout the night.

He also refuted the rumors about the killing of a militant in the ongoing operation.

“There is no fresh update from the spot while more reinforcement has been rushed and the searches will continue during the night”, he said.

Two Hizb Men Found Dead In Gurez

The state forces on Saturday recovered bodies of two Hizbul Mujahideen militants from Kishanganga River near the Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez Sector of Bandipora district.

The bodies of Nisar Ahmad Rather from Dadsara village of Tral and Sameer Ahmad Dar from Dogripora village in Pulwama were found by the police and army along with ammunition at Tulail village in the frontier area, a police officer said. The duo, he said might have died of drowning while crossing the river.

He said that both of them were affiliated with Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.

“While Nisar was missing since February 2018, the whereabouts of other was unknown from March 2019,” the officer said.

He said Nissar’s Adhaar card was also recovered.

Meanwhile, police have registered a case and started further investigation in this regard.

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