4 militants killed in Pulwama, Kulgam encounters: Police

4 militants killed in Pulwama, Kulgam encounters: Police
Army men during a gunfight in south Kashmir's Pulwama. [File]Mir Wasim for Greater Kashmir

Pulwama/ Kulgam: Four militants were killed in two separate gunfights in south Kashmir’s Pulwama and Kulgam districts on Thursday, police said.

The slain militants were identified as Kifayat Ramzan Sofi of Padghampora, Awantipora, Inayat Ahmad Dar of Samboora, Pulwama, Nasir Ahmad Pandit of Redwani Kulgam and Shahbaz Ahmad Shah of Katrusoo, Kulgam.

A police official said that last night army’s 55 RR, special operations group (SOG) of JK police and 183 Bn CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in Puchal village of Pulwama following inputs about the presence of militants.

“The forces zeroed in towards the house the militants were hiding and gave them an opportunity to surrender. However, they turned down the offer and instead started firing indiscriminately. The fire was retaliated, triggering an encounter,” he said. He said the exchange of firing continued and later two bodies were recovered from the site.

The duo was identified as Kifayat Ramzan Sofi of Padghampora, Awantipora, and Inayat Ahmad Dar of Samboora, Pulwama.

Sofi was affiliated with Lashkar I Toiba and Dar with Al Badr.

Arms and ammunition were also recovered from them, police said.

In another encounter that erupted in the night at Zadoora, Qazigund near Srinagar-Jammu National Highway in the police jurisdiction of Kulgam two more militants were killed.

A police official said that acting on a credible input about the movement of militants on the national highway a joint naka by police and army’s 1 RR was established.

“During the checking when the suspicious vehicle was signalled to stop, two militants who were boarding the vehicle came out and started firing indiscriminately. However, the fire was retaliated, killing both on the spot,” he said.

The bodies were retrieved from the site and arms and ammunition was also recovered, police said.

The slain militants were identified as Nasir Ahmad Pandit of Redwani Kulgam and Shahbaz Ahmad Shah of Katrusoo, Kulgam.

Both the militants were affiliated with Lashkar I Toiba.

The bodies of all four militants were taken by police to North Kashmir and buried there.

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