Two Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday morning.
According to a statement by a state police spokesperson, a cordon and search operation was launched in Tikken area of Pulwama in the early hours of Saturday following inputs on militants’ presence in the area. “As the search operation was on, terrorists, who were hiding, fired on the search party. The fire was retaliated, leading to an encounter,” the spokesperson said.
Bodies of the militants killed in the encounter were recovered from the encounter site, the police said. They were identified as Liaqat Munir Wani and Wajid Ul Islam. Liaqat’s father Munir Ahmad Wani was also a militant, and, according to family members, was killed in 1998 when Liaqat was two years old.
Mentioning that the duo came from Pulwama district, the police spokesperson said both were involved in a series of “terror attacks on security establishments and many other civilian atrocities in the area.” “Arms and ammunition, including AK and INSAS rifles, and other incriminating materials were recovered from the site of encounter. The INSAS rifle seized from the encounter site was the same which earlier terrorists had snatched from Murran, Pulwama,” according to the police statement.
Police officials said Wani had joined militancy in 2017, and Islam in May this year.
A foreign militant affiliated with the Jaish-e-Mohammed was killed in an encounter with security forces south Kashmir’s Tral on Friday. In another encounter this week, an Armyman-turned-militant was among two Hizbul militants killed in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.