2 Lashkar militants could be from Kerala, police

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Baramulla, Oct 8 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir police has decided to take up with the Kerala police the matter about the identification of two militants killed by security forces in the frontier district of Kupwara recently.

The documents recovered from the slain militants suggest that they are from south Indian state of Kerala, a police officer told UNI.

Still we cannot say with certainty that the militants, whose code names are Yasin and Fayaz, are from Kerala, he said adding that we are investigation the whole thing before reaching the final conclusion.

However, a senior police officer said in Srinagar that the matter was being taken up with the Kerala police to gain information about the slain militants.

About their links with ''Indian Mujahideen'' role in the bomb blasts in different parts of the country, the officer said nothing could be said at this point of investigation. It will be premature to reach any conclusion without conducting thorough investigation, he said.

About their affiliation, he said, this too has to be ascertained.

However, he said, this will be for the first time that a militant from any Indian state was killed in the valley since the eruption of militancy in 1989.

Security forces and police, in a joint operation, killed both the militants in an encounter on Monday in Kupwara.

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