Kashmir: 4 militants killed in gunbattles

Four militants were killed in separate gunbattles with armed forces in Kupwara and Kulgam districts.

Srinagar: Four militants, including two from Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT), were killed in separate gunbattles with security forces in Kupwara and Kulgam districts of Kashmir
Valley on Monday, officials said.

The LeT militants were killed in a gunfight with a joint team of police and Rashtriya Rifles at Kaladrung in Yaripora area of Kulgam district, 85 kms from here, this afternoon, they said.

As per preliminary investigations, the slain militants were identified as Abu Huzaifa Mahi and his local accomplice Mohammad Saleem Ganai.

In another encounter, a police spokesman said two militants were killed when security forces confronted them at Bhawan forests in Zachaldara area of Handwara, 95 kms from
here, in the wee hours.

Their identity and affiliation could not be ascertained as the search operation in the area was on till evening, he said.

He also said that security forces recovered two AK assault rifles, six magazines, 90 rounds of ammunition and two hand grenades from the scene of the gunbattle.

Meanwhile, the militant killed in the encounter with security forces at Ahad Sahib locality of Sopore town, 55 kms from here, in Baramulla district yesterday has been identified as Irshad Ahmad Mir alias "Ammar", a resident of Gundbrat village of Sopore.

Mir was affiliated with Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) outfit, the officials said adding two hand grenades were recovered from the spot. A civilian was also injured injured in the


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