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Two Militants Killed in Kulgam Gunfight, One Surrenders: Police

Srinagar, September 11 —- Government forces today killed two militants in an encounter in Kulgam district while the third one surrendered, police said Monday.

A police official told GNS that a joint team of police, army’s 1st RR and 18 Battalion CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in Khudwani area of Kulgam district following specific information about the presence of some militants of Hizbul Mujahideen.

The militants were asked to surrender and among them, one militant identified as Arif Ahmad Sofi surrendered before police, said the official, adding that the other two militants tried to escape from the spot while firing indiscriminately on the government forces. “The fire was retaliated and during the ensuing encounter both the militants were neutralized,” he said, adding that the slain militants were identified as Dawood Ahmad Allaie of Hawoora and Sayar Ahmad Wani of Wanpora, Qaimoh of Kulgam district.

“One AK 47 rifle, 02 AK 47 magazines, 63 AK 47  rounds, 01 INSAS rifle, 01 INSAS magazine, 60 INSAS rounds, 01 pistol, 01 pistol magazine, 02 pistol rounds and 02 pouch were recovered from the site of encounter,” he said.

The police official said that both the slain militants were involved in “unlawful and anti-national activities”. “They were involved in killing of Sarpanch of village Hawoora and weapon snatching from guard post Samnoo. Dawood Ahmad Allaie was also involved in instigating youth to pelt stones, firing incident on Police Station Yaripora and bank robbery at Arwani branch of J&K Bank. Besides, Sayar Ahmad Wani was also involved in threatening the families of police personnel,” he added.

Meanwhile, thousands of people attended the funeral of the duo amid massive protests in favour of Islam and Azadi at their respective villages while Hizb ul Mujahideen has paid tributes to the slain militants. (GNS)

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