The IGP identified the militants as Adil Bhat, a resident of Kakapora in Pulwama district and Abu Rehan, a Pakistani national. “If you remember, two of our men were martyred in Nowgam. Adil was the militant involved in that,” IGP Kumar said.
Two militants were killed early on Friday following an overnight gunfight with security forces at Anantnag in south Kashmir. After security forces left the village, a blast at the encounter site left four villagers injured.
On Thursday evening, a joint team of J&K Police, paramilitary personnel and Army cordoned off Sirhama village after receiving inputs about the presence of militants. While the encounter lasted through the night, both the militants were killed Friday morning.
“They (militants) tried to escape during the night,” IGP Vijay Kumar said. “In the morning, we traced them to a house and killed them. We used some explosives too.”
The IGP identified the militants as Adil Bhat, a resident of Kakapora in Pulwama district and Abu Rehan, a Pakistani national. “If you remember, two of our men were martyred in Nowgam. Adil was the militant involved in that,” IGP Kumar said. “Abu Rehan was active in Kashmir since March 2019 and was involved in many killings,” he added.
Police said the militants were given an opportunity to surrender. “During the search operation, as the presence of terrorist got ascertained they were given opportunity to surrender however instead they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” police said in a statement. “Due to darkness the operation was suspended and the whole area was put under strict cordon. Terrorists trapped inside made certain attempts to break the cordon and escape from the spot,” the statement said. “In the wee hours, the operation was resumed and in the ensuing encounter two terrorists were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. The killed terrorists have been identified as Adil Ahmad Bhat resident of Pulwama and Abu Rehan @Towheed a Pakistani national. Both the killed terrorists were commanders and affiliated with proscribed terror outfit LeT,” it added.
“Keeping in view the prevailing pandemic due to COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of people from inherent risk of contracting the infection, the dead bodies of the killed terrorists shall be sent to Handwara for burial after completion of all medico-legal formalities,” police said in the statement. “The nearest family members of the killed local terrorist shall be allowed to participate in the last rites.”
After the gunfight was over and the forces left the village, villagers rushed to the encounter site. A sudden explosion left four civilians injured. They were rushed to the hospital.
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