2 JeM militants killed in Kulgam gunfight

Kulgam: Two local Jaish-e-Muhammad militants were killed in an encounter in Ahwatoo village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Tuesday evening.

An official told a local news gathering agency that earlier, an encounter broke out in Ahwatoo village, in which two militants were trapped.

He said that in the ensuing encounter both the militants, who belonged to JeM outfit, were killed and operation was over.

Meanwhile, Kashmir zone police on its official Twitter handle identified the slain militants as Mohammad Shafi and Mohammad Asif—both residents of Kulgam distirct.

“The killed 02 categorised JeM #terrorists have been identified as Mohammad Shafi Ganie of Batpora, #Kulgam & Mohammad Asif Wani @ Yawar of Takia Gopalpora, Kulgam. 02 AK 47 rifles, ammunition recovered,” police tweeted.

Notably, this was the second such encounter in the last 24 hours in Kulgam district.

On Monday evening, a Pakistani militant identified as Hurairah, was killed in an encounter at Batpora area of Kulgam district. A soldier and two civilians were also injured in the encounter.

Official figures suggest that seven militants were killed in the ensuing month so far in Southern districts of Kashmir in five encounters.

Data suggests that this year 142 militants have been killed so far of which 34 were foreigners. (KNO)

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