2 militants killed in Kulgam encounter

Two Hizb ul Mujahideen militants who had taken up arms only days ago were killed in an encounter with security forces in Mir Bazar area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday.

A police official said that personnel of army’s 19 RR, police and CRPF cordoned Zadoora-Nipora village in the Mir Bazar area in Anantnag district falling under the police jurisdiction of Kulgam in the morning.

“The forces zeroed in towards the house militants had taken shelter in. They were first given an opportunity to surrender, but they refused,” a police official said.

He said both the holed up militants instead came out and tried to break the cordon.

“They opened fire which was retaliated, triggering a brief gunfight,” a police official said.

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