2 Local Militants Killed In South Kashmir

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Srinagar- Two local militants responsible for attacking policemen and civilians in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, were killed by government forces in an overnight gunfight, police said Monday.

The two Al-Badr militants Muzaffar Wani of Arigam Pulwama and Abdul Rashid Thoker of Hassanpora were killed by police and army’s 1RR in a joint operation in village Hasanpora bordering the twin districts of Kulgam and Anantnag in south Kashmir, a police spokesperson said Monday. The search operation, he said, was launched on Sunday evening on the basis of specific input about the presence of militants in the village.

Giving more details, the police spokesperson said that the hiding militants opened indiscriminate fire upon the search team when they were proceeding towards the suspected spot.

The search team, he said, retaliated effectively leading to an encounter and in the ensuing encounter, both Al-Badr militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter.

As per police records, the spokesperson said that both the killed were categorized and were part of groups involved in several terror crime cases including attacks on security forces and civilian atrocities.

Wani, he said, was involved in attacking and injuring a policeman Mushtaq Ahmad Wagay of Pulwama on December 19, last year.

The second killed militant Thoker, he said, was involved in attacking and injuring a civilian at Chitragam. He said Thoker was working as a militant associate before joining the militant ranks.

“Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation,” the police spokesperson said.

He said that a case under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Bijbehara, Anantnag and investigation has been initiated.

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

Pertinently, at least 13 militants have been killed in seven encounters across the Valley over the last ten days.

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