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Two militants killed in Pulwama encounter

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Encounter breaks out in Chanjmullah Handwara

Srinagar/Handwara: Two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Saturday, police said.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the south Pulwama’s Dangerpora area in the wee hours of Saturday based on specific information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.

When the forces were conducting searches in the area, the militants opened fire at them. An encounter ensued as the forces retaliated, he said.

Two militants were killed in the gunfight, he added.

The official said identity and group affiliation of the slain militants are being ascertained.

The search operation is still going on, he said.

Meanwhile, a gunfight broke out between the militants and security forces in in Chanjmullah Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Saturday, police said.

Forces had launched a massive cordon and search operation in the area following information about the presence of militants there, a police official said.

“Encounter has started at #Chanjmullah area of #Handwara. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow,” said a police spokesman on Twitter. The exchange of fire was going on when this report was being filed.

Yesterday there was a brief exchange of fire at Waderbala, Handwara and forces continued combing operation in the area. Today a fresh contact was established at Chanjimullah, nearly 3 kms from Waderbala at around 3 pm,” a security official said, adding the operation is still underway and will be put on hold for night due to inclement weather.

Earlier reports suggested that two militants were killed in the gunfight and a trooper was injured. However, there was no official confirmation.

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