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Four militants killed in Kulgam Encounter.

Kulgam, April 04 : Four local Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed and two Army personnel injured, in an encounter, that took place between militants and government forces in Khur Batpora village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam District on Friday.Police spokesman said in press release issued to CNS said that based on a credible police input the operation  was launched Saturday morning in the village and were asked to surrender; however holed up militants turned down the offer and opened fire on the forces, which was retaliated by the forces.In  the ensuing gunfight three militants were killed in the initial round of encounter and later one more militants was killed in heavy exchange of fire, raising the toll to four. Two forces personnel were also injured in the gun battle, said a police official.Earlier a joint team of 34RR CRPF and Special Operation Group (SOG) Kulgam Police launched a cordon and search operation in an orchard of Hardmanguri Khur Batapora, Kulgam,  after having specific information about presence of some militants in the area.He said all the four slain militants were local, who were involved in the recent killing of three civilians, adding that two Army personnel were also injured in the operation, who were shifted to hospital.Three militants killed in the encounter were identified by the police as 1.Shahid Sadiq alias Azan S/O Mohammad Sadiq Malik from Khul D H Pora Kulgam, 2.Waqar Itoo S/O Farooq Ahmed Itoo  from Chawalgam, Kulgam, 3. Ajaz Naiko alias Musa S/O Mohammad Iqbal Nayak from Chimmar, D K Marg, Kulgam and 4. Ashraf Malik alias Saddam S/O Bashir Ahmed Malik from Arwani Anantnag.Shaid had joined militant ranks on 08-04-2019, Sadiq and Waqar in 2019, while Ajaz Nayak had joined militancy 21 months ago.One army man was hit by a bullet and another received splinter Injury, during the encounter, who were shifted to hospital for treatment.Meanwhile Director General Police, Dilbagh Singh, while confirming the killing of four militants said that the group was involved in the killing of civilians, over past 12 days adding that police succeeded in tracking neutralizing them.Local sources Siad that gunfight was so massive that not only did the house in which militants were holed up, suffered a great damage, but several adjoining houses also suffered extensive damage.Reports said that two house and two cowsheds were completely damaged in the gunfight. One a joint house belonging to Maqsood Ahmed Lone, Mohammad Akbar Lone sons of Abdul Khaliq Lone, Ghulam Mohammad Lone S/O Abdul Rehman lone and Ghulam Hasan Lone S/O Abdul Aziz Lone.The another joint house damaged in the gunfight, belonged to  Bilal Ahmed Lone S/O Wali Mohammad Lone and Abid Lone S/O Ghulam Mohi-U-Din Lone.One cowshed of each household was also raised to ground in the bunfight. 

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