Srinagar, Aug 2: Two local Hizb ul Mujahideen militants were killed in a brief shootout in Khumriyal area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday.
Reports said that a vehicle Hyundai SX bearing Registration no. JK01G-7770) reached near the Khumriyal Bridge Thursday afternoon where the joint team of SOG and army had laid a naka.
The vehicle tried to return back after spotting the joint team searching the vehicles, prompting forces to chase the vehicle which was some distance away. The chase resulted into an encounter which led to killing of two militants.
SSP Kupwara, Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar said the gunfight broke out Thursday afternoon after Special Operations Group (SOG) of police and army launched a search operation in Khumriyal area following inputs about the movement the militants through the area.
He said the gunfight began after a vehicle in which militants were traveling in was signalled by the search party to stop. “Two militants have been killed in the gunfight,” he said, adding that two rifles were recovered from their possession.
IGP Kashmir SP Pani while confirming the incident identified the slain militants as Zahoor Ahmad Mir of Thayan Kalaroos and Bilal Ahmad Shah of Shatmuqam village of Kupwara.
The bodies of the duo were recovered along with weapons, which include an Insas rifle looted from a cop on Tuesday in Kandhar village in the district, he said.
Both the militants were involved in several attacks on the security establishments in the area, he added.
A police spokesperson in a statement said:”No collateral damage occurred during the encounter”.
He said the bodies of the slain were handed over to their respective families after conducting all legal medico formalities.
Police has registered a case and investigation into the matter has been initiated, the spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, in wake of the killing of the two local Hizb militants, authorities snapped internet services in Kupwara and Handwara.
Zahoor Ahmad Mir alias Usama, a resident of Thayan, Kalaroos had joined militancy on July 7 this year while as Bilal Ahmad Shah alias Shahbaz had joined on March 2. Both were part of Hizb Ul Mujahideen outfit.
Following the killing of militants, most parts of the Lolab including Khumriyal, Cherkote, Kalaroos, Sogam, Takipora, Shatmuqam, Krusan, Lalpora shut down.
Reports of protests and clashes were also received in Kalaroos, Shatmuqam, Chaiwan and Cherkote soon after the bodies of the slain reached their respective villages for last rites. (GNS)
Educational institutions to remain closed in Kupwara, Handwara today
In wake of the killing of two Hizb ul Mujahideen militants, district administration ordered the closure of all educational institutions including Schools and colleges in Kupwara and Handwara on Friday.
Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Khalid Jehangir while said that the all schools and colleges across Kupwara district shall remain closed except in Machil, Tanghdar and Keran areas.
The decision has been taken as a precautionary measure to avoid law and order situation in the Valley, he said.
“Restrictions under section 144 shall remain enforces from tomorrow morning in parts of Kupwara including Lolab”.
Earlier, two Hizb militants Zahoor Ahmad Mir and Bilal Ahmed Shah were killed in a brief shootout at Khumriyal in Lolab.
Later in the evening, a 45-year old man Mohd Jamal Tantray suffered bullet injuries after army allegedly in army action. (GNS)