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Two militants, who attacked SPOs in Kishtwar, killed

Srinagar/Jammu: Two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Friday, police said.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Dairoo area of Shopian in south Kashmir in the morning following specific information about the presence of militants there, a police official said.

He said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants fired upon security forces, who retaliated.

In the ensuing gunfight, two militants were killed, the official said, adding their identity and group affiliation is being ascertained.

Meanwhile, security forces on Friday killed two militants who fatally attacked a special police officer and critically injured another in Kishtwar district early this week, officials said.

On Monday, the militants attacked the SPOs with axes in Tander village and escaped into the jungle with their service rifles. The police and the Army had been on their trail since and located them on Friday.

Jammu Zone IGP Mukesh Singh said the militants were killed after a gunbattle.

They have been identified as local residents Ashiq Hussain, a rape accused who was released on bail from Kishtwar Central Jail three weeks ago, and Basharat Hussain.

They are believed to have joined the militant ranks and carried out the attack to lay their hands on the weapons.

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