Two militants killed in encounter in Kashmir's Pulwama

Pulwama: Soldiers at the site where a gunfight erupted between security forces and militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Feb 18, 2019. A Pakistani JeM terrorist who plotted the suicide bombing on a CRPF convoy and an Indian Army Major were among seven people killed. (Photo: IANS)

Srinagar/Jammu: Two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.

He said the gun battle broke out between militants and security forces on the outskirts of Awantipora town in the morning following a tip-off about the presence of ultras in the area.

Two militants were killed in the encounter, an Indian Army officer said.

"Two terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Taiba were eliminated in the operation. They have been identified as Ufaid Farooq Lone and Abbas Bhat," DIG south Kashmir Atul Kumar Goel said in a video posted on official Twitter account of the Kashmir Zone Police.

"Both these were involved in heinous acts of terrorism as well as civilian atrocities," he said.

Goel said a large quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered at the encounter site.

Police said Lone was active since July 2018.

He was involved in several militancy-related incidents in the past over one year, they said.

He had been threatening shopkeepers against the opening of shops following the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, the police said.

Pak intruder handed over to police

A 41-year-old Pakistani national, who was arrested by the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel along the international border (IB), was on Tuesday handed over to police in R S Pura sector in Jammu for further questioning, an officer said.

Hasnain Farooq, a resident of Goharpur village of Sialkot in Pakistan's Punjab, was arrested while he was trying to sneak into this side from across the border Monday evening.

The officer said he was noticed moving near the fence in the Nawa Pind border outpost area of R S Pura around 7.15 pm and was subsequently arrested.

No incriminating material was recovered from the possession of the intruder, who during questioning claimed that he was working as a salesman at a shop in Sialkot and wanted to come to this side for a better living, they said.

After questioning by the BSF and other security agencies, he was arrested and handed over to R S Pura police in the morning for further questioning and necessary legal action.

This is the third Pakistani intruder to be arrested along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu in the last 17 days.

A Pakistani teenager was arrested in Akhnoor sector of Jammu on October 3 and another Pakistani national was nabbed from Chandu Chak village of R S Pura on September 21.

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