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J&K: 2 Hizbul terrorists killed in Kulgam encounter test positive for COVID-19


Srinagar, July 05: Two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, including a foreigner, who were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir''s Kulgam district on Saturday have tested positive for COVID-19, police said.

The samples of the two terrorists were taken for COVID-19 test during medico-legal formalities and their reports came back positive on Sunday, they said.

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The terrorists were killed in an encounter in Arrah area of Kulgam. An Army man also suffered injuries during the gunfight.

"While carrying out the medico-legal formalities, the samples of the slain terrorists were taken and sent for COVID-19 test. Today, the test reports were received from CD Hospital, Srinagar and both the killed terrorists were confirmed as coronavirus positive," a police spokesperson said on Sunday.

The bodies of the terrorists would be taken in protective care ambulance and buried strictly as per the COVID-19 protocol in Baramulla, he said.

J&K: 1 terrorist killed, 2 soldiers injured in Kulgam encounter

According to police, one of the two terrorists was a foreigner and identified as Ali Bhai alias Hyder. The identity of the second terrorist hasn''t yet been ascertained.

The spokesperson said since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the burials of militants are carried out at designated places to minimise the risk of people contracting the infection.

Medico-legal formalities, which include post-mortem, DNA and COVID-19 tests, are strictly followed in respect of such slain militants, he said.

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