One of holed up militants killed in 2 Kashmir encounters

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Srinagar, Feb 1 (UNI) One of the militants holed up at two different places in the Kashmir valley was killed today, a police spokesman said.

Fierce encounters were going on at both the places when the reports last came in.

Superintendent of Police (SP), Kulgam, Swayam Prakash Pani in south Kashmir said Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police launched a search operation at Tangbal today following a tip-off about the presence of militants there.

He said one Rashtriya Rifles (RR) Jawan also joined the operation after the hiding militants opened fire when police personnel were sealing the area.

The SP said it was believed that two Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants were trapped inside the cordoned off area. One of the holed up militant was killed, a police spokesman said.

On January 30, police and one RR had killed four HM militants, including a self-styled District Commander, involved in the massacre of non-local labourers last year.

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Mr S M Sahai, after the killing of four militants, said Kulgam was almost free from local HM militants.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG), north Kashmir, B Srinivas said police launched a search operation at village Drusoo Jagir, Rafiabad, following a specific information that militants were hiding in the house of Mohammad Maqbool Sheikh.

However, when the search party was about to storm the particular house, militants opened fire.

Police also retaliated and further tightened cordon around the house after taking other residents to a safer place.

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