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Two Hizbul militants killed in Pulwama encounter

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Two militants, both close aides of outfit Riyaz Naikoo, were killed Thursday in an encounter with security forces in district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

"Based on a credible input about presence of terrorists at Sharshali in Awantipora area of district, a cordon and was launched swiftly by security forces in the early hours of Thursday," a said.

The said as the searches were going on, security forces were fired upon by militants. The fire was retaliated by security forces, leading to a gunfight.

"In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were neutralized and the bodies retrieved from the site of encounter," he said.

The slain militants have been identified as Adnan Ahmad Lone alias Uqaab and Adil Bilal Bhat alias

"Both of them were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen," the said.

As per police records, Lone was self-styled district of Hizb for

"Lone was one of the top commanders of HM and had a long history of terror crime records since 2015. He was a close associate of terrorist and had escaped from an in earlier," he said.

Both militants were wanted by the law for their complicity in a series of terror crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities, the official said.

"Bhat, being a close associate of Riyaz Naikoo, was also involved in several terror crimes. Among other terror offences, he also figured in killing of at Awantipora in October 2017," he said.

Incriminating material including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter, the official said.

More than two dozen militants have been killed in encounters with security forces over the past eight days.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 12:20 IST