2 Militants Killed In Kulgam Encounter

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Srinagar- Police on Tuesday claimed to have killed two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants in a firefight in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, taking the number of militants dead in separate encounters during the last 24 hours to four.

Amir Ahmad Wani of Alamgunj Shopian and Sameer Ahmad Khan of Tiken village in Pulwama were killed after a search operation launched by police, army’s 9RR and the personnel of CRPF 18 battalion turned into an encounter in Okey village of Kulgam on Tuesday afternoon, a police spokesperson said.

Giving more details of the operation, he said, the joint search operation was launched on a specific input about the presence of militants in Okey village. The hiding militants, he said, fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party when they proceeded towards the suspected spot.

The police spokesperson said that the joint team retaliated to the fire, effectively leading to an encounter. In the exchange of gunfire, the two militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter.

As per police records, he said, Amir was a categorized militant linked with LeT, while Sameer had recently joined militancy. Both the killed militants, he said, were part of a group involved in several “terror” crime cases.

“Incriminating materials arms & ammunition including 01 AK-47, 01 pistol were recovered from their possession. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation,” the police spokesperson said

Police, he said, have registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated.

“People are requested to cooperate with Police till the area at encounter site is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any,” he added.

Pertinently, the killing of two militants in Kulgam comes a day after police claimed to have killed most wanted Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant Saleem Parray of Hajin and a foreign national Hafiz alias Hamza of Pakistan in two back to back encounters near Shalimar Bagh, here in this capital city on Monday.

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