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12 including 5 soldiers killed in five encounters in J&K in last two days, 121 militants killed this year so far

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(Asian News Hub) – As Kashmir witnessed spurt in encounters, five local militants affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) were killed in twin encounters in South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Tuesday.

A senior police official told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that on Monday evening on a specific information about the presence of militants a joint team of forces including Police, 34 RR and CRPF launched search operation in Tulran, Imamsahib and Feripora area of Shopian district.

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He said that Tulran after the presence of militants got ascertained, they were given repeated surrender offers but hiding militants fired upon forces which retaliated leading to an encounter.

“After initial exchange of fire, operation was called due to darkness, however, cordon was intact and operation resumed on Tuesday morning after militants again rejected surrender offers,” the official said, adding that in the ensuing gunfight, three militants identified as Danish Hussian Dar, Yawar Naikoo and Mukhtar Shah were killed.

Similarly, in Feripora cordon and search operation was suspended throughout the night and contact with hiding militants was established on Tuesday morning.

“Militants were given ample time for surrender who rejected surrender offers and fired upon forces,” he added. “In the ensuing gunfight, two local militants identified as Ubaid Ahmad Dar and Khubaib Ahmad Nengroo were killed.”

Meanwhile, police spokesman in a statement to KNO said that during the past 24hrs, based on specific inputs about the presence of militants in twin villages of Shopian viz, Tulran and Feeripora two anti-terrorist operations were carried out resulting in elimination of five militants. The killed militants include Mukhtar Shah, who was involved in the targeted killing of non-local vendors at Lal Bazar area of Srinagar.

The police spokesman said that yesterday at about 6 pm, acting on specific inputs provided by Police about presence of militants in villages Tulran & Feeripora of Shopian, Police along with 34RR and CRPF launched joint cordon and search operations in the said areas, the spokesman said.

“During the search operation at Tulran, as the presence of militants got ascertained, they were given repeated opportunities to surrender; instead they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which retaliated leading to an encounter. However due to darkness the operation was suspended, while the cordon was kept intact. In the wee hours, repeated announcements were again made to the hiding militants to surrender, but the militants again fired on joint search party and the fire was retaliated,” he said.

“In the ensuing encounter, three militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter. They have been identified as Danish Hussain Dar resident of Ray Kapren Shopian, Yawar Hussain Naikoo resident of Pahlipora and Mukhtar Ahmed Shah resident of Sindbal, Ganderbal. As per police records, the killed militants were linked with outfit LeT (TRF) and remained part of groups involved in several cases including attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities,” he said, “It is pertinent to mention that killed militant Mukhtar Shah was involved in target killing of a non-local vendor in Lal Bazar area of Srinagar and shifted to Shopian.”

Meanwhile, search operation at Feeripora Shopian also remained suspended throughout the night and resumed in the wee hours. “Contact was established with the hiding militants and they were given ample opportunities to surrender. However, they started firing indiscriminately at the search party which retaliated leading to an encounter,” the spokesman said. “In ensuing encounter, two militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter. They have been identified as Ubaid Ahmad Dar resident of Ray Kapren and Khubaib Ahmad Nengroo resident of Braripora. As per police records, both the killed militants were linked with proscribed terror outfit LeT and involved in several cases.” Meanwhile, a fresh contact was established with the militants at Dera Ki Gali in Rajouri district, an official said. On Monday, five soldiers including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) were killed in the operation. An official said that fresh contact was established with the militants and the firing was going on from both sides. “The operation has entered day two,” the official said.

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Driver killed in Ramban

(Asian News Hub) – Body of a 38-year-old man was found at a graveyard in Zaldagar area of Srinagar on Saturday morning.

Official sources told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the body of 38-year-old man identified as Feroz Ahmad Tarray resident of Zaldagar was found at graveyard.

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He said that a police party reached the spot and shifted the body to a nearby hospital, while further investigation has been launched to ascertain the cause of his death.

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Encounter rages in Drangbal Pampore

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Top LeT Commander involved in killing of two cops in Baghat trapped: IGP Kashmir

(Asian News Hub) – An encounter broke out between security forces and militants in Drangbal Pampore area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, officials said on Saturday morning.

An official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that a joint of team of police, Army and CRPF after receiving information about the presence of militants launched search operation in the area.

He said that as the joint team of forces intensified searches towards suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon the party, which was retaliated, thus triggering an encounter.

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He said that the exchange of fire is on in the area and one to two militants are believed to be trapped in the area.

Meanwhile, IGP Kashmir said that top Let Commander involved Umar Mushtaq Khanday who was involved in killing of two cops at Baghat is trapped in Pampore encounter.

Pertinently, umar was recently named among top 10 militants in Kashmir.

“LeT commander amongst #top 10 #militant namely Umar Mustaq Khandey who was involved in #killing of two police personnel at Baghat #Srinagar & other terror crimes trapped in Pampore #Encounter: IGP Kashmir.” Kashmir police zone tweeted.

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In 3 hours; two LeT (TRF) militants killed in Pulwama, Sgr encounters: Police

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Militant killed in Pulwama was involved in killing of PDD employee at Batamaloo; Slain at Bemina encounter had killed SI Arshid at Khanyar, both slain locals; now only 3 militants active from Sgr district; 11 militants killed in 8 encounters this month: IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar

(Asian News Hub) – Jammu and Kashmir police Friday said that two Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF) militants were killed in two separate encounters in southern Pulwama and Srinagar, who were involved in the killing of a civilian and probationary sub-inspector.

A police officer told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that based on a specific input, police, army and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in village Wahibugh area of Pulwama. “During the search operation, when the suspected house where the militant was hiding, was zeroed-in, repeated offers of surrender were made. But the militant fired indiscriminately at the forces triggering a gun-battle,” he said. “In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Shahid Bashir Shiekh, resident of Habba Kadal, Srinagar was killed and his body retrieved from the site of encounter.” The officer said that slain militant had joined militancy recently and was linked with Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF). Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar told KNO that slain militant Shahid was involved in the killing of civilian and PDD employee Muhammad Shafi Dar of Batamaloo, Srinagar. “We have recovered an AK-47 riffle from the slain militant,” the IGP said.

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About the second encounter, police said based on a specific input by police about the presence of a militant at Hamdaniya Colony Bemina area of Srinagar, an operation was launched by the police in the area. “During the search operation, the hiding militant was asked to surrender but he fired at the forces triggering an encounter,” a police official said, adding that “In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Tanzeel Ahmed, a resident of Haba Kadal, Srinagar.

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He said that the slain Tanzeel was involved in the killing of Probationary Sub Inspector Arshid Ashraf at Khanyar, Srinagar on September 12. The Kashmir police chief said that Shahid and Tanzil were also “collaborators in recent killings of a chemist and two teachers in the city.” The IGP Kashmir said that after recent civilian killings, Srinagar based militants had shifted to South Kashmir “but we continued to track their movements and managed to zero in on them today.”

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“Now only three militants are active as two have been killed today. We are after the remaining three and will soon get them,” the IGP said, both the encounters took place within a span of three hours. “Both operations are over and two-AK-47 rifles have been recovered from the two slain militants,” he said.

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