2 more militants killed in ongoing military operation in Pulwama, toll 5: Police

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‘LeT commander Nishaz Lone, a foreign militant among slain, their killing a big success’

Pulwama: Two more militants affiliated with LeT have been killed in a military operation that broke out in Hanjin village of Rajpora hamlet in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday, taking the death toll to six including an armed forces personnel.

Police said that among the slain includes district commander of the Lashkar outfit who has been identified as Nishaz Lone alias Khitab and one foreign militant. Nishaz, as per police, was a district commander of the outfit. IGP Kashmir, Vijay Kumar termed the killing of five militants including Nishaz as a big success.

Police officials said that five militants have been killed so far while the search operation is on in the area.

They said that militants turned down repeated surrender offers given to them by armed forces. An armed forces personnel identified as Hawaldar Kashi of 44 RR was also killed in the operation.

Earlier, an official said that a joint team of Police, Army’s 44 RR and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in the area.

He said that as the joint team of forces approached the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, which retaliated, triggering an encounter.

As precautionary measures internet services have been snapped in the Pulwama police district.

Meanwhile, Kashmir zone police tweeted: “District commander of LeT outfit Nishaz Lone @ Khitab & 01 #Pakistani militant amongst total 5 killed in Pulwama encounter. A big success: IGP Kashmir”.


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