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2 militants killed in Pulwama encounter

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

A gunfight erupted between militants and security forces at Soyimuh in Awantipora area of the district, a police official said.

“Two militants have been killed in the operation,” the official said, adding that their identity and group affiliation were being ascertained.

Earlier, according to the reports, a joint team of police, Army’s 42 RR and 180 battalion of CRPF launched a joint cordon-and-search-operation in Soyimuh Tral amid inputs about the presence of the militants.

As the joint team approached the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them. The fire was retaliated by the joint team, triggering off an encounter.

Reports said that internet services have been snapped in the district as ‘precautionary measure.’

A defence spokesman, in a statement issued after the encounter, said, “On night of 01 Jun 20, based on the specific intelligence input received from JK Police about presence of unknown number of terrorist, a joint operation was launched in general area of Soyimuh, Tral in Pulwama District. A cordon was established around the suspected houses by 0100 hrs. To provide adequate opportunity for the terrorists to surrender and to avoid any collateral damage, repeated announcements were made for them to lay down their arms and surrender”.

He said that militants opened fire on security forces 0500 hrs and tried to escape. In the gunfight that ensued two unidentified militants were killed.

“Two AK-47, two pistols and two grenades alongwith other war like stores were recovered from the encounter site,” he said.

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