Awantipora encounter: One militant killed, another surrendered

Pulwama, Oct 26: A militant was killed while another surrendered before the forces in an encounter that broke out in Noorpora village of Awantipora belt in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday. 

An official said that one militant was killed in an initial exchange of fire while as the other surrendered before the forces.

He said his family was taken to the spot, who along with Police and Army repeatedly asked him to surrender and after hectic efforts, he accepted the offer and surrendered before the forces.

He further added that the militant who surrendered hails from Awantipora area and was missing from last one month while as the militant who was killed also hails from the same belt and was active from almost one year after getting training in Pakistan.

Earlier, an official said that a joint team of Police, Army’s 42 RR and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in Noorpora village of Awantipora area.

He said as the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them which was retaliated triggering an encounter.

This year so far, 190 militants have been killed including top commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad in various encounters—(KNO)

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