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Two HM terrorists killed in encounter in Bijbehara area: Police

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Srinagar: Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said.

Acting on specific inputs about the presence of militants in Shitipora area of Bijbehara in the south Kashmir district, security forces launched a cordon and search operation there, a police official said.

He said as the forces were conducting the searches in the area, the militants fired upon them.

The forces retaliated, ensuing an encounter in which two militants were killed, the official said.

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said the slain were affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) outfit.

“Killed #terrorists identified as Ishfaq Ah Ganie R/O Chakwangund, #Anantnag & Yawar Ayub Dar R/O Dogripora, #Awantipora, affiliated with proscribed #terror outfit HM. The duo were involved in several #terror crimes,” the IGP Kashmir said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, a police spokesman, in a statement said that acting on specific information generated by police regarding the presence of terrorists in Shitipora, Bijbehara area of Anantnag, Police, Army (3RR) & CRPF launched a joint cordon & search operation in the said area.

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

He said that in the ensuing encounter, two categorized terrorists of HM were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. They have been identified as Ishfaq Ahmad Ganie son of Farooq Ahmad Ganie resident of Shalgam Srigufwara and Yawar Ayub Dar son of Mohd Ayub Dar resident of Dogripora Awantipora.

“As per police records, both the killed terrorists were part of groups involved in several terror crime cases including attacks on Police/SF and civilian atrocities. Besides, killed terrorist Yawar Ayub Dar was also involved in an attempt to murder attack on a GRP personnel at Railway Station Panzgam on 04/12/2021 and IED blast on CRPF bunker at Larmoo area on 02/05/2022,” said the spokesman.

He said, incriminating materials, arms and ammunition have been recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation.

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