Srinagar, June 3: A militant and his “active associate” were killed in a brief shootout at Mool Chitragam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday.
A police spokesman said that during the preceding night, security forces at a checkpoint on Shopian Turkawangom Road at Mool Chitragam intercepted a Tavera vehicle.
“However, the militants boarding the vehicle opened fire from inside on security forces which was retaliated. In the retaliation process one militant identified as Firdous Ahmad Bhat and an active associate Sajad Ahmad who was driving the vehicle got killed,” the spokesman said.
Both of them were the residents of Kulgam. Moreover one militant taking advantage of darkness and managed to flee from spot, the spokesman said.
According to police records Firdous Bhat was a listed militant, the spokesman said.
“Bodies of both the militants have been handed over to their legal heirs after completion of medico-legal formalities,” the spokesman said.
Incriminating material including arms & ammunition were recovered from the spot. All these materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crimes, the spokesman added.