Twin encounters rattle South Kashmir’s Anantang, Pulwama; Foreigner among 4 militants killed

3 of 4 slain in Awantipore gunfight; one foreigner, another identified as Mukhar Bhat of LeT, a big success for Police: ADGP Vijay Kumar

Anantnag: Three militants including a foreign militant were killed in an encounter at Khandipora area of Awantipora area of Pulwama district while as an unidentified militant was killed in an ongoing encounter at Semthan village of Bijbhera in Anantnag district of south Kashmir, police said Tuesday.

“01 #terrorist killed in #Bijbehara encounter. Operation going on,” the J&K police tweeted as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO). A police official said that the identity and affiliation of the slain was being ascertained.

Earlier, an official had said that a joint team of police, Army and CRPF after receiving information about the presence of militants launched a search operation in the area.

He had said that as the joint team of forces intensified searches towards the suspected spot, hiding militants fired upon them, which was retaliated to, triggering an encounter.

He had said that the exchange of fire was going on and two to three militants are believed to be trapped in the area.

Police said that another encounter broke out in Khandipora village of Awantipora in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday evening. ADGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar tweeted that “03 terrorists killed in Awantipora encounter. Identification being ascertained. As per our source, 1 is FT & 1 local terrorist of LeT namely Mukhtiyar Bhat, involved in several terror crimes including killing of 01 ASI of CRPF & 2 RPF personnel. A big success for us.” As per the police both operations were on—(KNO)