Two Militants Killed, 2 Soldiers Injured In Pulwama Encounter

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Srinagar- Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were killed in an encounter with government forces in Pulwama district of South Kashmir on Thursday, police said.

Acting on specific input about the presence of militants, police, army’s 55 RR and the personnel of CRPF 182 battalion launched a cordon and search operation in Naina Batpora area of the district on Thursday morning, a police spokesperson said.

During the search operation, he said, the presence of militants holed up in a separate structure nearby a local Mosque got ascertained. The hiding militants, he said, were given ample opportunities to surrender and repeated appeals were made to them, instead, they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party leading to an encounter.

“Keeping in view the sanctity of Mosque, the joint team exercised maximum restraint to ensure no damage to it and two Army personnel sustained splinter injuries during the encounter. Both the injured were evacuated to hospital where their condition is stated to be stable,” the spokesperson said.

In the ensuing encounter, he said, 2 LeT militants were killed and their bodies were recovered from the site of the encounter.

Police identified the killed militants as Shahid Ahmed Khan of Batpora, Pulwama and Fayaz Sheikh of Shahpora, Ganderbal.

“As per police records both the killed terrorists were categorized terrorists and were wanted by law in many terror crime cases,” the spokesperson said.

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