Ex-SPO among two Hizb militants killed in Budgam: Police

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Srinagar: Police said on Thursday that two militants, one among them a former special police officer (SPO) were killed in an encounter in Budgam district of central Kashmir.

A police spokesman in a statement issued here this afternoon said that Hizb militants Sheeraz Ahmad Bhat of Kralwari Chadoora and Irfan Ahmad Dar of Kakapora, Pulwama were killed in an encounter in Panzan area of Budgam this afternoon.

“Irfan Ahmad Dar was working as SPO and had deserted a couple of months ago,” the spokesman said.

He said that the mlitants fired on a search party from a nearby mosque and subsequently area was taken into cordon,” the spokesman said.

“The local Auqaf Committee was engaged to convince the militants to come out of the mosque. However, the militants turned down the offer and consequently the operation had to be carried out in a deliberate manner keeping intact the sanctity of the mosque,” the spokesman said, adding “ In this operation, one solider also sustained bullet injuries and was evacuated to hospital for medical treatment,”