Srinagar: Two militants killed in Rainawari military operation have been identified by police as residents of Bijbehara area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
A police officer identified the duo as Rayees Ahmad Bhat, son of Abdul Hameed Bhat of Shahbad Veeri Bijbhera and Hilal Ahmad Rah alias Shaboo son of Safeer Ahmad Rah of Kuthipora Waghama Bijbehara.
A top police officer said that Rayees had gone missing on 8th August last year while Rah went missing on 18th October the same year. Both were affiliated with Lashkar-i-Taiba and were category-C militants.
“Before joining militant ranks, Rayees was running an online news portal VNS,” the officer said.
Earlier, officials said that the operation began after a joint team of armed forces received a specific input about the presence of militants in Rainawari, and subsequently laid a cordon at the site. The hiding militants, the official said, opened fire leading to an operation.