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May 31, 2020 | Javid Ahmad

2 militants killed in Kulgam gunfight

Two militants were killed in a gunfight with forces at a village in south Kashmir's Kulgam district on Saturday.
A police officer said the gunbattle broke at Wanpora village of Kulgam district after a cordon and search operation was launched by troops.
The anti-militancy operation was launched on night intervening of May 29 and 30 after forces received intelligence about presence of militants in the village, he said.
The officer said when forces--comprising Special Special Operations Group (SOG) of Police, Army and paramilitary CRPF--were zeroing in on the target location, the hiding militants opened fire which was retaliated triggering a gunfight.
"In the ensuing gunfight, two militants were killed and their bodies were recovered from the gunfight site," said a police spokesman.
He said arms and ammunition were also recovered from the site of encounter.
The identity of the deceased militants was not yet ascertained.
However, a top police officer said some families were claiming the militants.
He said if families identify the bodies of militants they would be allowed to participate in their funeral which would be conducted at an isolated place in Baramulla due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Authorities have buried militants killed in various encounters in recent past at far off places in Baramulla and Ganderbal districts due to coronavirus pandemic.
A police official said bomb disposal squads of police cleared the gunfight site of all stray explosives.
However, people were asked to co-operate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared.

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May 31, 2020 | Javid Ahmad

2 militants killed in Kulgam gunfight

              

Two militants were killed in a gunfight with forces at a village in south Kashmir's Kulgam district on Saturday.
A police officer said the gunbattle broke at Wanpora village of Kulgam district after a cordon and search operation was launched by troops.
The anti-militancy operation was launched on night intervening of May 29 and 30 after forces received intelligence about presence of militants in the village, he said.
The officer said when forces--comprising Special Special Operations Group (SOG) of Police, Army and paramilitary CRPF--were zeroing in on the target location, the hiding militants opened fire which was retaliated triggering a gunfight.
"In the ensuing gunfight, two militants were killed and their bodies were recovered from the gunfight site," said a police spokesman.
He said arms and ammunition were also recovered from the site of encounter.
The identity of the deceased militants was not yet ascertained.
However, a top police officer said some families were claiming the militants.
He said if families identify the bodies of militants they would be allowed to participate in their funeral which would be conducted at an isolated place in Baramulla due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Authorities have buried militants killed in various encounters in recent past at far off places in Baramulla and Ganderbal districts due to coronavirus pandemic.
A police official said bomb disposal squads of police cleared the gunfight site of all stray explosives.
However, people were asked to co-operate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared.

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