Two local militants killed in Rainawari gunfight: Police
Srinagar, Mar 30: Two local militants were killed in a gunfight in Rainawari area in Srinagar district, officials said.
They said that an encounter broke out between security forces and militants in Surtaing area of Rainawari during which two militants were killed.
Official said that incriminating materials including arms and ammunition have been recovered from the encounter site.
Earlier an official said that on receipt of specific input about presence of militants in Rainawari, a joint party of forces subsequently laid a cordon at the site.
The hiding militants, the official said, opened fire leading to an encounter.
A senior police official confirming the killing of two militants said that both of them are locals.
“Searches are being conducted in and around the site”, the official added.
Meanwhile, both the militants have been identified by police as residents of Bijbehara area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
A police officer identified duo as Rayees Ahmad Bhat son of Abdul Hameed Bhat of Shahbad Veeri Bijbhera and Hilal Ahmad Rah alias Shaboo son of Safeer Ahmad Rah of Kuthipora Waghama Bijbehara.
A top police officer said that Rayees had gone missing on 8th August last year while Hilal went missing on 18th October same year. Both were affiliated with Lashkar-i-Toiba and were category-C militants.
“Before joining militant ranks, Rayees was running an online news portal,” the officer said.
Pertinently, police in a tweet said that two militants were killed in a brief shootout at Rainwari here at around 1:00am.(GNS)