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2 militants killed in Wanigam Bla encounter

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Srinagar: Two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Baramulla district of north Kashmir on Thursday, police said.

Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Wanigam Payeen in the Kreeri area of Baramulla district in north Kashmir Thursday morning following information about the presence of militants there, a police official said.

The operation was carried out by joint teams of police, army’s 29 RR and the 176Bn CRPF.

He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants fired upon the forces, drawing retaliation.

In the exchange of fire, two militants were killed, the official said.

He said the identity and group affiliation of the slain militants was being ascertained.

However, sources identified the slain as Abrar alias Langoo from Pakistan and Amir Siraj from Adipora Sopore.

Sources said that Amir was missing since June 24 this year, adding, he disappeared after leaving his maternal uncle’s house at Adipora, Sopore, to play football.

“Amir had switched of his mobile phone and couldn’t be contacted by any of his family members,” a local news agency KNO reported.

A police spokesman said that the militants were hiding in the house of one Mehraj-ud-din Wani and that they were given opportunity to surrender. “However, they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” he said.

As per police records, both the killed militants were involved in several crime cases including attacks on security forces and civilian atrocities.

“Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other crimes,” the police spokesman said.

SSB trooper injured in Sopore grenade blast

Srinagar: A Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) trooper was injured after militants hurled a grenade in Watergam area of north Kashmir’s Sopore on Thursday.

Quoting official sources, news agency GNS reported that suspected militants lobbed a grenade towards SSB in Watergam.

In the attack, one SSB trooper received minor injuries and was shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, security forces launched a cordon and search operation to nab the attackers.

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