4 Militants Killed In Pulwama, Shopian; Another Gunfight Rages On In Anantnag
Srinagar- Four local militants were killed in two separate encounters in Pulwama and Shopian districts of south Kashmir, while another encounter raged on in neighboring Anantnag district, police said Saturday.
According to a police spokesperson, a cordon and search operation was launched by a joint team of police and army in Hardumir in Tral on the basis of specific information suggesting the presence of militants in the village. During the search operation, he said, as the presence of militants got ascertained, they were given ample opportunities to surrender.
“However, they denied the surrender opportunities and instead fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” he said.
In the ensuing encounter, the police spokesperson said, two militants were killed and their bodies were recovered from the encounter site.
He identified the killed militants as Nadeem Nazir Bhat of Koil Shikargah and Rahi Rasool Bhat of Kanipora Dadsara.
“As per police records, he said, Nadeem and Rahi were categorized militants linked with AuGH and were part of groups involved in several cases including IED blast and grenade attacks on Police/SF establishments
“Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including 02 AK series rifles were recovered from their possession. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation,” he said.
The police spokesperson further said that earlier in the day, two militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba were killed in a similar operation in Chowgam area of Shopian district.
He said that the militants rejected the surrender offer and fired upon the search team of police, army’s 44RR and 14Bn CRPF.
The police spokesperson identified the killed militants as Sajad Ahmad Chak of Braripora, Shopian and Raja Basit Yaqoob of Achan Litter, Pulwama.
As per police records, he said, both the killed militants were categorized and linked with LeT and were part of groups involved in several “terror crime cases,” Sajad, he said, was also instrumental in motivating & recruiting the youth to join terror folds.
“Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including 02 AK series rifles, 4 AK Magazines and 32 rounds were recovered from their possession. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation,” he said.
“Police 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 the encounter site is completely sanitised and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any,” he added.
The police spokesperson quoted IGP Kashmir, Vijay Kumar congratulating the joint teams of Police and security forces for killing five militants within 48 hours in three successful operations without any collateral damage.
Meanwhile, another gunfight broke out between militants and government forces in Anantnag district of south Kashmir on Saturday night.
“#Encounter has started at K. Kalan, Srigufwara area of #Anantnag. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow. @JmuKmrPolice,” Kashmir police posted on its official Twitter handle.
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