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Police identifies militants killed in Tral encounter

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Srinagar, Jun 01: One of the two militants killed in an encounter with security forces in Tral areas of Pulwama district on Friday was a Pakistani and the duo belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit, police said on Saturday.

Four militants and an "active associate" were killed Friday in two separate encounters with security forces in Shopian and Pulwama districts of south Kashmir.

One of the militants killed in the encounter at Midoora (Tral) in Awantipora area of south Kashmir's Pulwama district has been identified as Yawar Ahmad Najar, a resident of Darganie Gund Tral while the other has been identified as Pakistani code named Umar, a police spokesman said.

He said both the militants as per police records were affiliated with proscribed outfit JeM and were wanted in a series of cases including attack on security establishments in the area and many other “civilian atrocities”.

"As per the records available with police, they were involved in series of attacks in Tral and Awantipora area including killing of civilian at Reshipora Tral on 18th March this year, firing on security forces at Zaji Kurd Lalpora forests on 7th April this year, attack on security forces at Sofigund forest on 9th April, attack on civilian at Nowpora Awantipora on 29th March, IED explosion at Amlar Tral road during the intervening night of 2/3 March 2019. Several cases were registered against them,” he said.

The spokesman said incriminating material including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of the encounter and all such materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other cases.

Two Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants and their "active associate", who was missing since Thursday and "was part of the militant group”, were also killed Friday in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district.

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