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3 militants killed, 2 soldiers injured in Kulgam encounter

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Kulgam: Three militants were killed while two army-men were injured in an encounter at Chimmer village of Damhal Hanjipora in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Wednesday.

An official said that earlier a joint team of police, Army’s 9 RR and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation on a specific information about the presence of militants in the area.

He said that as the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them which was retaliated triggering an encounter.

The official said that in the ensuing encounter three militants have been killed, while two army-men were injured.

“The injured soldiers were taken to Army hospital for treatment,” the official said, adding that the search operation was going on in the area.

Police in a statement said three militants killed in the encounter whose bodies were retrieved from the site, have been identified as Waseem Ahmad Bangroo, resident of Redwani Kulgam; Shahnawaz Ahmad, resident of Kilbal Shopian, and Zakir Bashir, resident of Chimmer Kulgam. Police said “they were affiliated with proscribed LeT outfit (self-claimed TRF).”

Police also said that Zakir Bashir had recently joined the proscribed outfit.

As per police records, all the killed militants were part of group involved in various militancy cases.

“Incriminating material including arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. In this connection police has registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared off of all the explosive materials, if any,” police statement said.

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