Two JeM militants killed in Anantnag gunfight

Srinagar: Two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, police said on Saturday.

Acting on specific information about the presence of militants in Shistragam village in Dooru area of Anantnag, security forces launched a search and cordon operation in the area late last night, a police official said.

He said while there was some exchange of fire after the cordon was established, the operation was halted for the night.

The encounter resumed this morning and two militants were killed, the official said.

He said the identity and group affiliation of the slain militants is being ascertained.

The official said the encounter is over and arms and ammunition have been recovered from the site.

“Preliminary investigation suggests that both the killed militants are from Pakistan” a police spokesman said later in the day.                       

“Further based on the  seizures made from the spot and other incriminating materials collected so far have confirmed that  the killed militants were a part of  Jaish-e- Mohammad (JeM) militant outfit” the police official said while adding that the operation ended without any collateral damage.

“The assessment made in the earlier Press statement today that the killed militants apparently could be of LeT stands reviewed hereafter” the official further added.

Meanwhile, Director General of Police (DGP), Shesh Pal Vaid that the bodies of slain militants were recovered along with two AK47s, pistols, grenades and arms and ammunition.

He also praised the forces personnel for their success in the operation.

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