2 militants killed in encounter in J&K’s Kulgam

Srinagar, May 7 (UNI) Two militants were killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Tuesday, police said.

One of the slain is suspected to be most wanted local “The Resistance Front” commander. Official confirmation on the identity of the slain militants is still awaited

The militants were killed in an overnight encounter in the Redwani Payeen village of Kulgam. The militants were reportedly hiding inside a house.

The gun battle erupted on Monday night at Redwani Payeen after security forces launched an operation in the area following an input about militant presence.

“As the joint team of security forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired indiscriminately upon them, which was retaliated effectively leading to an encounter,” a security official said, adding that additional forces were rushed to the area to ensure a tight cordon.

“Due to darkness, the operation was kept on hold till early Tuesday morning. With the first light, the operation was resumed and it resulted in the elimination of two terrorists,” he added.

J&K Police confirmed the killing of two militants in the encounter.

“Bodies of 02 terrorists killed in the anti-terrorist operation recovered so far. Identity & affiliation being ascertained,” Kashmir Zone Police posted on X. It added that operation was in progress.

The gun battle in Kulgam broke at a time when Kashmir is in the middle of Lok Sabha election. The first Lok Sabha seat in Kashmir going to polls is Srinagar.

Srinagar parliamentary constituency will go to polls on May 13, while Baramulla north Kashmir and Anantnag-Rajouri parliamentary constituency will go to polls on May 20 and 25 respectively.

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