Updated: December 26, 2021 7:54:13 am
Hours after four militants were killed in two separate encounters in south Kashmir’s Shopian and Pulwama, a third gun battle started in Anantnag late on Saturday evening, police said.
Earlier in the day, two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were killed in Shopian district and two Ansar Ghazwatul Hind militants were gunned down in Pulwama’s Tral.
On the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, a joint team of J&K Police, army and paramilitary forces cordoned off the Chowgam village of south Kashmir’s Shopian after inputs about the presence of militants in the village, police said.
As the joint team of forces approached the target, the hiding militants opened indiscriminate fire and tried to break the security cordon, police said. The joint team of forces returned the fire leading to a gunfight.
Police said the trapped militants were asked to surrender but they refused and continued to open indiscriminate fire. The gunfight ended with the killing of two militants.
“In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter,” Police said in an official release.
“As per police records both the killed terrorists were categorized terrorists linked with proscribed terror outfit LeT and were part of groups involved in several terror crime cases,” the official release stated.
Police have identified the slain militants as Sajad Ahmad Chak of Braripora Shopian and Raja Basit Yaqoob, a resident of Litter Pulwama. Police said the slain militants belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and said that it recovered two rifles from their possession.
Hours after the Shopian gunfight ended, two more militants were killed in a gunfight in Tral in Pulwama district when a joint team of J&K Police, army and paramilitary forces cordoned off Hardumir village, on Saturday afternoon, after inputs about the presence of militants in the village.
Police said as the joint team of forces zeroed in on the target, the militants hiding in the village fired at them leading to a gunfight. In the brief shootout, two militants were killed, police said.
Police have identified the slain militants as Nadeem Bhat and Rasool alias Adil. Police said the slain militants were affiliated to Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH), a local affiliate of al Qaeda. Police said that Adil was an IED expert.
Police said both the slain militants were “involved in several terror incidents” and said that they recovered two AK-47 rifles from them.
Later, on Saturday evening, a joint team of J&K Police, army and paramilitary forces cordoned off the Khush Roi Kalan village of Srigufwara in south Kashmir after inputs about the presence of militants in the village. As the joint team of forces approached towards the target, the militants hiding in the village opened fire. The joint team of forces returned the fire leading to a gunfight, police said.
“Encounter has started at K. Kalan, Srigufwara area of Anantnag. Police and security forces are on the job, further details shall follow,” J&K police said in a tweet.
The Saturday’s encounters come a day after a militant was killed in a gunfight in Anantnag. On Friday, a Hizbul Mujahideen militant Shahzad Ahmad Seh was killed at Muminhall village of Arwani, Anantnag.
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