B.Tech student among two militants killed in Anantnag
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● Naveed Ul Haq
Srinagar: Two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Nilphan and Andoo (Kachwan) forest area of Kokernag in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday.
The gunfight started after security forces received an input about the presence of militants following which a joint party of the police, army and CRPF launched a search operation in Kachwan forests of Kokernag in Anantnag.
“During the search operation, the militants fired on the search party. There was counter firing leading to an encounter. In the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter,” police said.
In the ensuing encounter one killed millitant was identified as a local boy who had a engineering degree, a resident of Anantnag district, who had joined militant outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) just 45-days ago. While as the another slain militant was identified as a foreigner.
Incriminating material including arms and ammunition was recovered from the site of the encounter.
The police said that it was a clean operation and no collateral damage took place during the exchange of fire.
Reports said as soon the news about the killing of a local militant spread, clashes between protesters and security forces erupted in parts of south Kashmir.
Last week on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, security forces killed Ghazwat-ul-Hind commander, Zakir Musa, in am gunfight with the government forces in Tral area of Pulwama district.
The killing had triggered protests and stone pelting in several parts of the valley, prompting the administration to suspend mobile internet services and impose curfew in parts of the Valley for two days.
Four militants were killed on May 18 in two separate encounters in Pulwama and Baramulla districts while on May 16 in two more gunfights, security forces killed five militants in which two army men and two civilians also lost their lives.
There were just four encounters between security forces and militants between April 11 when Baramulla voted in the first phase and May 6 when the polls ended in the valley. Eight militants were killed in those four encounters.
So far, 92 militants have been killed in various encounters with security forces across Kashmir this year.