Srinagar- Police on Thursday claimed that two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, who shot dead a TV artist and injured her nephew in Budgam district on Wednesday, are trapped in an ongoing encounter in Awantipora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
According to officials, a joint team of army and police launched a cordon and search operation on Thursday evening in Aganhanzipora village of Awantipora on the basis of inputs suggesting the presence of militants in the area.
When the search team started advances, the officials said, the hiding militants opened fire upon them in a bid to escape from the dragnet.
“The joint team returned the fire leading to an encounter. The exchange of gunfire is going on,” they said.
Also, the officials said that additional reinforcements have reached the area to tighten the cordon and foil any attempt of militants to flee.
Earlier, police announced that the encounter has raged on in the area.
“#Encounter has started at Aganhanzipora area of #Awantipora. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow,” Kashmir Police posted on its official Twitter handle.
Quoting Inspector General of police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, the police in another Tweet claimed that two militants who shot dead a TV artist in Chadoora area of Budgam on Wednesday evening are trapped in the village.
“Both killers (LeT #terrorists) of late Amreen Bhat, an artist, trapped in #Awantipora #encounter. Further details shall follow,” the Tweet read.
35-year-old Ambreen, a TV artist and a Youtuber was killed and her 10-year-old nephew Farhan injured after being fired upon by militants inside her home in Hishroo village of Chadoora on Wednesday evening.
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