Two militants killed in Pulwama shootout: Police
‘Arms, ammunition, SLR recovered’
Nadeem Nadu /Shah Bashrat
Srinagar: Two militants were killed in an encounter by security forces in the south Kashmir district of Pulwama, official sources said here.
They said security forces and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police laid an ambush at village Padampora Awantipora in Pulwama district today following specific information about movement of militants.
However, when the car reached near the naka, militants opened fire, they said adding the firing was retaliated and in the ensuing encounter two militants were killed.
They said some arms and ammunition were recovered, they said adding the identity of the militants was being ascertained.
According to a police press release, two top militants of Hizb ul Mujahideen in a brief encounter at Padagampora this afternoon.
Addressing a press conference at Awantipora Inspector General of Police Shri S J M Gillani said that a police party was on way from Pulwama to Awantipora. A group of terrorists boarding a Maruti car bearing registration number JK13A-0764 fired upon police party near Padgampora which was retaliated.
He said that during the exchange of fire between the terrorists and the police party 02 terrorists were killed.
The identity of the terrorists have been ascertained as Shahbaz Shafi Wani @Rayees Kachroo son of Mohammad Shafi resident of Beloo Rajpora Pulwama and Farooq Ahmad Hurrah son of Ghulam Ahmad Hurrah resident of Naizneenpora Shopian, he added.
Both of them belonged to Hizb ul Mujahideen. The dead bodies have been handed over to the legal heirs for last rites.
1 AK rifle, 01 SLR, 01 AK magazine, 02 SLR Magazines, 02 pouches and a grenade was recovered from the spot.
Pertinent to mention here that the recovered SLR is the same which was looted on 8th of October 2016 from Tumhal minority picket in Pulwama. Further investigation in this connection is going on. Meanwhile, clashes erupted between protesters and government forces in Awantipora area on Sunday after the killing of two militants in a brief shootout.
Witnesses said that police and paramilitary forces resorted to teargas shells to disperse people who had gathered to demand the bodies of two slain militants near the Awantipora police station.
The protesters retaliated by throwing stones, triggering clashes.