Two militants were killed in an encounter which broke out in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district Saturday morning. A senior police official in Pulwama told the media that the encounter started after a cordon and search operation (CASO) was launched in Tikken village of Pulwama.
During the CASO, militants fired at the search party leading to an encounter, the official added. “Two bodies of the militants have been recovered from the encounter site. Their identities are being ascertained,” said the police official.
The slain militants have now been identified as Liyaqat Ahmad, of Bellow Pulwama and Wajid, of Babhar Pulwama, respectively.
On Friday, a foreign Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant was killed in an encounter between the militants and the security forces in South Kashmir’s Tral. One policeman was also injured in the encounter.
This came days after Usman Haider, the nephew of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, was killed in a gunfight in Tral. The officials recovered one Insas rifle, and one AKM from the encounter site.
Haider was allegedly involved in a string of recent sniper attacks on security personnel and his killing was a major success for the security agencies. Haider is the second nephew of Jaish chief Masood Azhar to be killed in a year. In November last year, another nephew of Azhar’s, Talha Rashid was killed in an encounter with forces in Pulwama district.
Earlier on Tuesday, two militants, including one who had previously served in the Army, were killed in an encounter in Kashmir’s Shopian district. Police said both militants were affiliated with the Hizbul Mujahideen.