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Two LeT militants killed in Srinagar encounter: Police

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Srinagar: Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Srinagar outskirts on Saturday, police said.

Acting on specific inputs about the presence of militants in the Zakura locality of the city, security forces launched a cordon and search operation there during the night, a police official said.

He said as the forces were conducting searches in the area, the hiding militants fired upon them.

The forces retaliated and an encounter broke out. Two militants have been killed, the official said.

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said the ultras belonged to The Resistance Front (TRF), a shadow of the LeT.

One of the militant was involved in the killing of a head constable, Ali Mohammad Ganie, in Anantnag on January 29.

“Two terrorists of terror outfit LeT/TRF neutralised by Srinagar Police. One of the killed terrorists Ikhlaq Hajam was involved in recent killing of HC Ali Mohd at Hassanpora Anantnag,” the IGP Kashmir said on Twitter.

Meanwhile, a police spokesman said that based on a specific input generated by police regarding presence of terrorists in Rangpora Zakura area of Srinagar, a cordon and search operation was launched by Srinagar Police in the said area.

During the search operation, as the search party proceeded towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired indiscriminately upon the search party which was retaliated effectively leading to an encounter.

In the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. They have been identified as Ikhlaq Ahmad Hajam son of Ab Ahad Hajam resident of Kujer Frisal Kulgam and Adil Nisar Dar son of Nisar Ahmad resident of Malangpora Pulwama, both linked with proscribed terror outfit LeT (TRF).

As per police records, killed terrorists Ikhlaq Ahmad was active since June-2021 and Adil Nisar was active since August-2021. Both the killed militants were categorized and part of groups involved in several terror crime cases including attack on Police/SF and civilian atrocities. Besides, they were also instrumental in motivating the gullible youth to join terror folds and reviving the OGW network.

Ikhlaq was the mastermind behind the recent killing of HC Ali Mohammad at Hasanpora Anantnag on 29/1/22. He was also involved in an IED blast on Qaimoh-Yaripora road on 18/01/2022, the spokesman added.

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