2 Militants Killed in Baramulla, Cop Shot at in Anantnag

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Srinagar- Two militants were killed in an encounter with government forces in the Baramulla district of North Kashmir on Thursday, police said.

Acting on specific input about the presence of militants in the Wanigam Payeen Kreeri area of Baramulla district in north Kashmir, government forces launched a cordon and search operation there early Thursday morning, a police official said.

He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants fired upon a search party of the forces, who retaliated.

In the exchange of firing, two militants were killed, the official said.

He identified the slain militants as Shakir Majid Najar & Hanan Ahmad Seh from Shopian district.

Both joined militancy in the month of March 2023.

Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition, including an AK 47 rifle and a pistol, were recovered from the site of the encounter, he said.

This is the second encounter in the last 24 hours in the Valley after a brief lull.

Two militants were killed when an encounter took place after the security forces foiled an infiltration bid near the Line of Control (LoC) in Machil sector of Kupwara district on Wednesday.

Policeman Injured In Anantnag Attack

A separate report said one policeman was injured after militants opened fire at security forces in Anantnag district in South Kashmir on Thursday.

Militants attacked a security forces’ party in the Bijbehara area of the south Kashmir district in the evening, officials said.

The officials said a policeman received minor injuries while taking cover, adding he was shifted to a hospital.

The area was cordoned off and a hunt launched to nab the attackers, they said.

Won’t Allow Enemy To Disturb Peace In Valley: Army

Meanwhile Army on Thursday said that they are ready to foil any attempt made from across the border to push infiltrators into the Valley to disturb peace.

Addressing a press conference at Z Gali, Brigadier Vinod Singh Negi said that operation in Machil sector on May 3 was conducted successfully leading to elimination of two infiltrators.

He said that intelligence agencies were regularly receiving inputs about possible infiltration. “It was learnt that infiltrators will be pushed from across the border. After inputs by the police, a high alert was sounded on May 01,” he said.

He said that following inputs additional ambushes were deployed at possible target places and a special operation group of J&K police was also involved in this operation.

The Brigadier also said that the operation was conducted under challenging conditions as troops braved cold weather conditions and low visibility.

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