Bijbehara gunfight: Slain militants identified

Two militants killed in a gunfight with the security forces in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Thursday morning were affiliated with Hizb ul Mujahideen, police said.

“On a credible input a cordon and search operation was launched at Bagender Mohalla Bijbehara area in District Anantnag, by Police and security forces,” said a spokesman.

He said the gunfight began after the militants fired upon a search party.

“In the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed and the bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter,” he said.

The spokesman identified the slain as Safder Amin Bhat (25), son of Muhammad Amin of Zirpara Bijbehara and Burhan Ahmad Ganaie (25) of Malipora Hablish Kulgam.

He said both the slain militants were affiliated with Hizb ul Mujahideen outfit.