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With two terrorists killed, imminent threat to NHW & Yatra neutralized: IGP

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Srinagar: Two militants were killed in an encounter in Kreeri, Dooru area of Anantnag district while as police claimed that with these killings, imminent threat to National Highway and Amarnath Yatra has been neutralized.

Giving details, a police spokesman said that acting on specific information generated by police regarding the presence of terrorists in Kreeri, Dooru area of Anantnag, Police and Army (19RR) launched a joint cordon and search operation in the said area.

“As the joint search party approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding terrorists fired indiscriminately which was effectively retaliated leading to an encounter,” the spokesman said.

He said that in the ensuing encounter, two categorized terrorists of LeT were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter.

“They have been identified as Arif Hussain Bhat resident of Halsidar Dooru and Suhail Ahmad Lone resident of Awgam Kulgam,” said the spokesman.

“As per police records, both the categorized killed terrorists were part of groups involved in several terror crime cases including attacks on police, security forces and civilian atrocities,” said the spokesman.

IGP Kashmir congratulated the joint teams for conducting the operation in professional manner without collateral damage, said the spokesman.

He also termed the operation as a big success and important in two aspects viz, it was the same group of terrorists who escaped from Watnad encounter on 16/04/2022 in which one soldier was martyred. Besides, the encounter site was very close to national highway so an imminent threat to NHW as well as upcoming Yatra was neutralized, the spokesman said.

“Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including 2 AK rifles, one pistol & 2 grenades were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation,” said the spokesman.

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