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J&K: Six Lashkar militants killed in pre-dawn encounter in Anantnag

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GR News Desk | Srinagar

Six militants were killed in an encounter that broke out in wee hours of Friday in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir. The death toll was confirmed by both the Army and Police officials in Shalgund village. “Six militants killed, weapons and warlike stores recovered,” an Army spokesman said.

A joint team of army’s 3RR and Special Operations Group (SOG) Anantnag had launched a cordon and search operation before dawn in Sekipora following inputs about the presence of militants in the area. As soon as the forces approached the suspected spot, the hiding militants opened a volley of fire, triggering a gunfight. Authorities have suspended mobile Internet services in Anantnag district as a “precautionary measure.” Police have registered a case and initiated an investigation in the matter.

While the identity of the slain militants was not immediately known, they are said to be part of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). “06 militants eliminated in the encounter. Arms and Ammunition recovered. Identities are being ascertained,” police said on Twitter.

“In one of the most successful operations of this year so far six Lashkar militants killed. The operation was launched last night on a hideout in foothills of Waghama Sutkipora of Bijbeihara Anantnag. Six dead bodies of militants and six rifles recovered,” Police said following the encounter.

Meanwhile, Police has requested locals and other citizens not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. “People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any,” Police said.

The valley has been rattled by several encounters taking place throughout the week, with the winters approaching there would be an increase in such numbers as militants would try to infiltrate before the snowfall makes it hard.