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Two Jaish-e-Muhammad militants killed in encounter at Jammu & Kashmir’s Anantnag

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Two Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants were killed and a woman was injured during an anti-militancy operation in south Kashmir’s Anantnag on Monday.

“Two terrorists affiliated with JeM were killed in Srigufwara area of Anantnag. The bodies were also retrieved. One of them has been identified as Nasir alias Shahbaz alias Baz Bai, a Pakistan resident. He was ‘A’ category terrorist,” a police spokesman said.

The identification of the other is being ascertained, the police said.

Woman receives gunshot injuries

“In the indiscriminate firing by terrorists, one woman received gunshot injuries. She was shifted to hospital and her condition is stated to be stable,” the police said.

The gunfight started on Monday morning when a joint cordon-and-search operation was launched by the police, Army’s 3 Rashtriya Rifles and the CRPF. “Arms, ammunition and other incriminating materials were recovered from the site of encounter,” the police said.

The bodies will be buried in Baramulla “keeping in view the COVID-19 situation”.

“In case any family claims them to be their kith or kin, they can come forward for identification and participation in the last rites,” the police said.

On Sunday, three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were killed in Baramulla’s Sopore area. Around 130 militants have so far been killed, most of them in south Kashmir.

Attempts to create a narrative foiled: Police

North Kashmir DIG Muhammad Suliaman Choudhary on Monday said 35-40 foreign militants were operating in northern districts of Kashmir.

“Around 16 or 17 local militants are also active. Nearly seven militants may have infiltrated in the last some months,” he said at a press conference.

He said after the abrogation of Article 370 last year, there were attempts from across the Line of Control “to create a narrative and put Kashmir on a boil”.

“But people have been quite cooperative and thus helped us to decrease the graph of militant recruitment,” the DIG said.

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