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Anantnag: Two Hizbul militants killed in encounter with security forces

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Srinagar
Two militants, allegedly belonging to the Hizbul Mujahideen group, were gunned down by security forces in an encounter in Anantnag district’s Dooru area in Jammu and Kashmir. As per reports, the gunfight between the terrorists and security personnel took place on Friday night and lasted until Saturday morning.
A police official said the encounter ensued after a joint party of army’s Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force and Special Operations Group (SOG) of J&K police cordoned off Shistargam village in Dooru on Friday evening following information about a group of militants.
The forces have also recovered arms and ammunition from the encounter site as the encounter came to an end, according to media.
“As the cordon was tightened, the militants fired at the security forces triggering a gunfight in which two ultras were killed,” he said.
“As part of a joint operation, Anantnag Police along with 19 RR (Rashtriya Rifles) and CRPF launched a search in Shishtargam area under Police Station Dooro, which resulted in an encounter with terrorists hiding there,” a police spokesperson told media.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir DGP SP Vaid tweeted on the incident saying, “In an encounter in Shishitergam Police station Dooru Anantnag; today morning two bodies of terrorists have been recovered along with two AK47s, pistols, grenades and arms and ammunition. Efforts are on to identify the bodies. Operation concluded. Keep up the good work boys.”
Police also said that two AK-47 rifles, grenades and other ammunition were recovered from the encounter spot. Following the encounter, authorities suspended train services in south Kashmir as a ‘precautionary measure.’
The latest encounter came just three days after five Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants and five security personnel were killed in this year’s biggest gun battle in north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara district. At least 1000 army, police and CRPF men participated in the operation which lasted for two days in the forests of Kupwara.
On Friday, the army and the police brass went into a huddle to discuss the new security strategy as there is a likelihood that in coming months, militancy will increase with the melting of snow along the Line of Control.
“The possible loopholes were pinpointed and steps to plug them discussed,” sources said. “The army and the police framed a new strategy to fine-tune the coordination between the two agencies to carry out future anti-militancy operations with minimum damage to forces. Some changes were made in the operational procedures of the army and police.”

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