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Two slain militants identified, one is a former soldier

Two slain militants identified, one is a former soldier
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Srinagar: Police has identified the two slain militants killed in Shopian encounter as Mohammad Idrees Sultan alias chota Abrar S/o Mohammad Sultan R/o Safanagri Shopian, and Amir Hussain Rather alias Abu Sobaan S/o Mohammad Amin Rather R/o Awneera Shopian.

“They were affiliated with Hizb ul Mujahideen and were involved in attacks on security establishments and many other civilian atrocities in the area,” said a police spokesman.

Idress, according to the spokesman, was a former army soldier. He had deserted his JAKLI unit in Bihar in April this year and joined Hizb.

The spokesman, in a statement, said that the state police and the forces launched a cordon and search operation in Safanagri village before dawn today following “credible” inputs about the presence of militants in the area.

“As the search operation was going on, the hiding militants fired on the search party. The fire was retaliated, leading to an encounter,” he said.

In the ensuing gunfight, he said, two  militants were killed.

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