2 militants killed in separate encounters in J&K

Srinagar : Two militants were today killed in separate encounters with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. The encounters took place in Anantnag and Baramulla districts.

Militants opened fire on a patrol party of army at Beewra in Srigufwara area of Anantnag district this morning, a police official said.

He said the army personnel retaliated, triggering a gunbattle. One militant, identified as Basit Ahmad Dar, was killed in the encounter. Dar had recently joined Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit.

In another counter-insurgency operation, a militant — believed to be a foreigner — was killed in Bomai area of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the official said.

He said the identity and group affiliation of the slain ultra is yet to be ascertained.

However, police sources said the deceased is believed to be Abu Bakar, a top commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit.