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Army officer, 2 Hizb militants killed in Kashmir encounter

A senior Army officer said the operation was launched based on specific information about the militants’ presence in the area.

Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants and an Army officer were killed in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday.

Police said the slain militants were working under Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.

The Army and Special Operations Group of the police launched an operation in Drabgam village in Pulwama on Monday evening and called it off on Tuesday morning.

A senior Army officer said the operation was launched based on specific information about the militants’ presence in the area.

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According to the Army, the militants opened fire on the troops combing the area, triggering an encounter in which the two militants were killed. A junior commissioned officer of the Army was also killed.

The slain militants have been identified as Afaq Ahmad Bhat of Karimabad and Abdul Manan Bhat Amarbaugh. The police said both joined militant ranks some six months ago.

Police said Afaq was part of the militant group whose pictures, carrying weapons in military fatigues, were uploaded on different social networking sites along with Wani. Of the 11 militants who had posed for the photograph, three have been killed in different encounters.

Combing ops launched in north Kashmir

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Srinagar: The Army and Special Operation Group of police launched combing operations in north Kashmir’s Bandipore forest after a group of militants were spotted by a patrol party in the area. Officials said an Army and police patrol spotted a militant group in the forests of Arin Kadoora, following which the militants fired on the troops that resulted in an encounter. ENS

First published on: 28-10-2015 at 01:48:32 am
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