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Four terrorists killed in two south Kashmir encounters: Police

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“Ops on, terrorists killed in Kulgam were involved in female teacher’s killing”

Srinagar: Four terrorists affiliated with Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) were killed in two separate encounters in South Kashmir’s Anantnag and Kulgam district, Police said on Thursday.

A police spokesman said that two terrorists were killed in Hangalgund, Kokernag area of Anantnag where search operation is still going on while as two more were killed in Mishipora-Kujjar area of Kulgam where search operation also continues.

He said that on Tuesday afternoon (14 June) acting on a specific information, a joint team of Police, Army’s 1 Rashtriya Rifles and CRPF launched cordon and search operation in Mishipora-Kujjar area of Yaripora following a specific information about the presence of some terrorists in the area.

“As the forces intensified the searches, terrorists hiding in the area opened fire, leading to a gunfight”, he said, adding that contact with hiding terrorists was re-established on third day (Thursday) and during exchange of fire two local Hizb terrorists belonging to Kulgam district were killed,” the spokesman said.

Inspector General of Police Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar said that the slain were involved in killing of Rajni Balla, a teacher from Samba who was shot dead when she was on duty in School at Gopal Pora Kulgam. “Further details will be shared accordingly,” he said.

While giving details about Kokernag encounter, a police spokesman said a joint team of police, Army and CRPF after receiving information about the presence of terrorists launched search operation in Hangalgund, Kokernag area of Anantnag district on Thursday afternoon.

“As the joint team of forces intensified searches towards suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon the party, which was retaliated, thus triggering an encounter,” the official said.

He said during exchange of fire, two terrorists affiliated with Hizb have been killed while as the search operation is going on in the area.

“AnantnagEncounterUpdate: 01 more #terrorist killed (total 02). Search going on. Further details shall follow,” Kashmir Zone Police tweeted.

“#AnantnagEncounterUpdate:  Killed #terrorists identified as Junaid Bhat & Basit Wani of HM #terror outfit. #Terrorist Basit Wani was involved in killing of BJP’s Sarpanch Gh Rasool Dar & his wife, a Panch on 9/8/21 in #Anantnag: IGP Kashmir,” Kashmir Zone Police further tweeted.

Earlier in a statement a police spokesman had said that police and security forces killed three terrorists including the killer of woman teacher in twin operations in Kulgam and Anantnag districts so far.

“Acting on a specific information about presence of terrorists in village Mishipora area of Kulgam, police along with 1st RR launched a cordon and search operation in the said area. As the joint party proceeded towards the suspected spot the hiding terrorists fired indiscriminately upon the search party which was retaliated effectively by the joint forces. However, the hiding terrorists managed to shift their base consistently in the village after the initial exchange of fire and tried to breach the cordon but the cordon remained firmly intact and search was going on from the past two days to nab them,” the spokesman said. “Today, the contact was re-established with the hiding terrorists and the encounter resumed. In the ensuing encounter two terrorists of HM outfit were killed so far. One of the killed militant has been identified as Zubair Sofi of Mohan Pora Kulgam who was involved in killing of woman teacher Mrs Rajni Bala on 31/05/2022. The identification of second killed militant is being ascertained. The operation is still in progress,” the spokesman said.

The police spokesman said that, in the afternoon another operation was launched by Anantnag Police, Army (19 RR) and CRPF (164Bn) at Hangalgund area of Anantnag. “In the operation, one terrorist was so far killed and the operation is still going on,” the police spokesman said.

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