2 Militants Killed In Srinagar, Kulgam Encounters

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Srinagar: Two unidentified militants on Thursday were killed in separate encounters with government forces in Bemina here and south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, police said.

A joint team of police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel on Thursday evening laid a siege around Bemina area of the city and launched a cordon and search operation, officials said. When the joint team started advances, the militants hiding in the area opened fire to escape from their dragnet.

The joint team, he said, returned the fire setting off an encounter. In the exchange of gunfire, one unknown militant was killed, police said.

“#SrinagarEncounterUpdate: 01 unidentified #terrorist killed. 01 AK rifle alongwith ammunition recovered. Search going on. Further details shall follow,” Kashmir Police posted on its official Twitter handle.

Earlier, another unknown militant was killed in a firefight with government forces in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

Acting on specific inputs about the presence of militants in Chawalgam area of Kulgam in south Kashmir, government forces launched a cordon and search operation there, a police official said.

As the forces were conducting the searches in the area, the militants fired upon them, he said.

The forces retaliated leading to an encounter in which a militant was killed, the official said.

He said the identity and group affiliation of the slain militant was being ascertained.

The operation is going on and further details were awaited.

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