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IED recovered in Khonmoh

Srinagar: Two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district of south Kashmir on Tuesday, police said.

Acting on a specific information regarding the presence of terrorists in village Poshkreeri area of Anantnag, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by police and troops of Army’s 3RR in the area, police spokesman said in a statement.

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 leading to an encounter, he said.

In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. They have been identified as Danish Ahmad Bhat alias Kokab Duree, son of Gulazar Ahmad Bhat, resident of Jablipora Bijbehara, and Basharat Nabi Lone, son of Ghulam Nabi Lone, resident of Fatehpora Anantnag – they were linked with proscribed terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, spokesman said.

As per the police records, spokesman said, both were “categorized terrorists” and active since year 2019. Both had a history of terror crime cases including attacks on police, security forces and civilian atrocities.

“Besides, they were also involved in the killing of two Territorial Army personnel — Manzoor Ahmad at Sadoora Anantnag on June 06, 2019, and Mohammad Saleem at Bijbehara on April 09, 2021. Moreover, they were also involved in the killing of two civilians on May 29, 2021 in Jablipora Bijbehara area,” spokesman said.

He said incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including one AK-56 Rifle, 35 AK rounds, two AK magazines, one pistol, one pistol magazine and two pistol rounds were recovered from the site of encounter.

All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation. Police has registered a case under relevant sections of law and further investigation has been initiated, police said.

Sharing details of another incident, police spokesman said that based on specific input regarding presence of terrorists in Khonmoh area of Srinagar, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by police and Army’s 50RR in the area today.

“During the search of the orchards in the said area, an IED weighing about 30-35 kgs was recovered which is being destroyed by the Bomb Disposal Squad,” the spokesman said, adding that by recovering the said IED, a possible IED attack has been averted.

“The search operation in the area is still going on. Further details, if any, shall follow,” spokesman said.

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