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Three days after killing of 5 soldiers; two soldiers killed in fresh gunbattle at Poonch’s Mendhar



Rajouri-Poonch highway closed; Operation on in area, say defence officials; not sure whether group is same involved in Oct 12 act or new one, Ops on

(Asian News Hub) – A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of the army and a soldier were killed in an encounter that broke out between militants and security forces in Bhata Dhurian village area located along Jammu-Rajouri-Poonch national highway near Bhimber Gali area of Mendhar sub division on Thursday.

Today’s encounter comes just three days after the army lost its five men including a JCO in a gunfight at Dera Ki Gali, an area not far from areas where fresh encounter is underway.

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An official told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that in the backdrop of anti- militancy operation going on in Dehra Ki Gali forest area on the boundary of Rajouri and Poonch, security forces launched the cordon and search operation in Bhata Dhurian forest of Mendhar which is adjacent to the Dehra Ki Gali forest ridge on Thursday.

“During searches, the contact got established between Army team and militants in which fierce exchange of fire took place,” the officials said, adding that one JCO of Army and a soldier sustained injuries who were evacuated to nearby hospital where both succumbed.

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“The operation is going on in the area and the entire area is under tight cordon,” the officials said.

The anti-militancy operation launched at Dehra Ki Gali forest on the other hand entered its fourth consecutive day on Thursday.

On October 12, five soldiers, including a junior commissioned officer (JCO), were killed in an exchange of fire with heavily armed militants in a forest area of Dera Ki Gali on the Poonch-Rajouri border. The army continued its extensive search operations to track down the group.

“The ambit of the cordon was widened and nearby areas were covered as well by the troops. Fresh contact was established with the militants Thursday evening.  It is not clear yet, whether the group involved in the fresh encounter was the same that killed five soldiers or the new one,” defence sources said. “Once the troops would be able to zero in and eliminate the militants, only then it would be clear whether it was the same group.”

Meanwhile, sources said that the traffic has been suspended on the Poonch-Rajouri highway as a precautionary measure.


Man found dead at Zaldagar



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(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



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



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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