Two Hizbul militants killed in Pulwama encounter

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Srinagar, Nov 29:
Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants, both close aides of outfit commander Riyaz Naikoo, were killed Thursday in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. “Based on a credible input about presence of terrorists at Sharshali in Awantipora area of Pulwama district, a cordon and search operation was launched swiftly by security forces in the early hours of Thursday,” a police official said. The official said as the searches were going on, security forces were fired upon by militants. The fire was retaliated by security forces, leading to a gunfight. “In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were neutralized and the bodies retrieved from the site of encounter,” he said. The slain militants have been identified as Adnan Ahmad Lone alias Uqaab and Adil Bilal Bhat alias Umair al Hizbi. “Both of them were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen,” the official said.

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