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Two Hizb militants killed in encounter in J&K

Soldiers take position during a gun battle between security forces and militants in Shopian. File photo   | Photo Credit: PTI

Two Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants, including an Army deserter, were killed on Tuesday in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Safanagri area, Zainapora of south Kashmir in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday after receiving credible inputs about the presence of militants in the area, a police spokesperson said.

He said the hiding militants fired on the search party of the forces as the search operation was going on,

The spokesperson said the forces retaliated, leading to an encounter in which two militants were killed.

The slain militants have been identified as Mohammad Idrees Sultan alias Chota Abrar, a resident of Safanagri Shopian and Amir Hussain Rather alias Abu Sobaan, a resident of Awneera Shopian.

“They were affiliated with terror outfit HM and were involved in terror attacks on security establishments and many other civilian atrocities in the area,” he said.

The spokesperson said Sultan was a deserter from the Indian Army and had joined the militant ranks in April this year.

“No collateral damage took place during the operation,” he said.

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