Baramulla, Feb 4:
Two local militants of Hizbul Mujahedeen ¬(HM) were killed and two police officers injured in a brief encounter in Sopore town of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Saturday, police said.
A police spokesman said specific input was received that militants were travelling in a vehicle and planning some militant action in Sopore area.
“Police and security men immediately swung into action and intercepted them at Amargarh road in Sopore. While being challenged, the militants lobbed a grenade and fired upon police party. The fire was returned by the troops,” he said.
He said in the brief encounter, two HM militants were killed.
He said two police officers – SP operations Baramulla Shafqat Hussain and Sub Inspector Mohammad Murtaza were injured in the militant attack. The injured have been hospitalized.
SSP Baramulla, Mir Imtiyaz Hussain identified the slain militants as Azhar Khan of Kupwara and Sajad Ahmad Lone son of Mohammad Akbar Lone of Eidipora Bomai, Sopore.
“They were senior commanders of Hizb and were involved in many militant actions,” he said.
According to him, Sajad was an active HM militant, who had gone to Pakistan in March 2016 on a passport. “He had returned via Line of Control (Lo) and took command of HM in Sopore”.
Police claimed that AK rifles, one pistol, 4 hand grenades and other arms and ammunition were recovered from the encounter site.
Meanwhile, Hizbul Mujahideen termed death of two of its militants as a big loss to the outfit.
“Both were local militants who were associated with the outfit for quite some time,” HM’s operational spokesperson Burhan-ud-din, said in a statement to local news gathering agency CNS.
He said Azaharuddin alias Ghazi Umar was a lecturer by profession, who had abdicated the government service and had joined Hizbul Mujahideen.
The HM spokesperson paid rich tribute to the slain militants.