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Two militants killed in Tral involved in sniper attacks: Police

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Srinagar, Oct 31: Police on Wednesday said the two militants killed in a gunfight in Tral yesterday were involved in a "series of attacks on the forces from a distance".

Referring the Tral encounter, police spokesman said “the dead bodies of the two militants were recovered from the site of encounter along with arms and ammunition including M4 and AK 47 rifles and other incriminating materials."

He identified the slain militants as Showkat Ahmad Khan, resident of Handoora Tral and Usman Haider from Pakistan, saying they were affiliated with Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit.

The spokesman said the same group was involved in a "series of attacks and firing on the security forces’ camp from a distance in recent times."

Meanwhile, thousands of people today participated in the funeral prayers of one of the slain militants Showkat Ahmad Khan.

Witnesses said that at least four rounds of funeral prayers were held owing to the huge rush of mourners who reached the Handoora village from nearby and far-off areas.

He said a militant also appeared in the funeral and offered gun salute to Showkat at his native Handoora village.

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