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New Hizbul Mujahideen Recruit Killed in Anantnag Encounter, 2 Escape

The slain terrorist was identified as Yawar from Anantnag who was allegedly a "chronic stone-pelter" of the area. He had joined the Hizbul Mujahideen last month, officials said.

Updated:August 4, 2017, 8:25 AM IST
Srinagar: A newly recruited local militant of the Hizbul Mujahideen was killed while two managed to escape during an overnight encounter with security forces in Kashmir's Anantnag district.

According to the security forces, the encounter broke out late on Thursday at Kanibal in Bijbehara of Anantnag district, when the police along with Army and CRPF cordoned off a village following an intelligence input.

During the encounter, which lasted for two hours, one terrorist identified as Yawar, hailing from Anantnag, was killed while two other terrorists managed to escape under the cover of darkness, officials said.

The official further added that an Army jawan also sustained bullet injury but was stated to be stable.

Yawar, who was allegedly a "chronic stone-pelter" of the area, had joined the terrorist outfit in the first week of last month, they said, adding that a Self-Loading Rifle (SLR) looted earlier from a police guard was recovered from him, reported PTI.

PTI quoted officials as saying that one motorcycle-borne individual, whose identity is yet to be ascertained, was found dead with bullet injuries. Officials expressed apprehension that he might have died in the crossfire, PTI reported.

The number plate of the vehicle was damaged and no identity card of the deceased was found.

Two mobile phones were recovered from the deceased who was in multi-layered clothing. The telephone contacts in his handset could not immediately help to confirm his identity.

The local police have released his picture for identification.

According to the officials, the body of Yawar was handed over to his family for burial and restrictions were imposed in the town as a preventive measure.

(With PTI inputs)

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