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2 LeT militants killed in encounter in Kulgam: Police

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Srinagar: Two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Thursday, police said.

Acting on a specific input regarding the presence of militants in Redwani area of Kulgam, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by police along with Army’s 1st RR and 18Bn CRPF there, police spokesperson said in a statement.

“During the search operation, as the presence of terrorists got ascertained, they were given repeated opportunities to surrender; however they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” the spokesperson said.

In the ensuing encounter, the spokesperson said “two terrorists of proscribed outfit LeT (TRF) were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter.”

Police identified the slain militants as Amir Bashir Dar, resident of Kujjar Frisal, and Adil Yousuf Shan, resident of Sursano Hatipora, Kulgam.

As per police records, “both the killed terrorists were categorized terrorists and linked with proscribed terror outfit LeT (TRF). They were also part of groups involved in several terror crime cases including attacks on security forces and civilian atrocities,” police spokesperson said.

Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including two pistols, two magazines, seven pistol rounds and one grenade were recovered from their possession. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation, the spokesperson said.

He said police have registered case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area at encounter site is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any, spokesperson said.

He also said that IGP Kashmir appreciated role of police and security forces for evacuation of civilians especially during night hours “who were trapped inside cordon and for conducting successful operation without any collateral damage.”

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