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Militant killed, policeman injured in brief Anantnag shootout

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A militant was killed and a policeman wounded during a brief shootout in Achabal area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Saturday.

A police spokesman said that militants attacked a police picket at Achabal in district Anantnag late last night. “However, the attack was successfully repulsed by the alert cops on duty at the picket,” he said.

In the retaliatory action, one militant was killed, he said.

“The weapon of the militant was also recovered from the site of the attack,” said the spokesman.“The killed militant has been identified as Bilal Ahmad son of Abdul Ahad Bhat from Tatripora Yaripora of district Kulgam.”

Bilal had joined the LeT militant outfit three months before, said the spokesman. “His involvement was also established in a weapon snatching case earlier. He was involved in carrying out attacks on the security forces and civilian atrocities in the area.”

The injured policeman was shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment. “He is stated to be stable now,” said the spokesman.

Two cars had also been seized by the police which militants had been ‘apparently’ using.

“Police has registered a case in this regard and investigation in the matter is in progress,” the spokesman concluded.

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