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Militant slain in Budgam firefight, another who escaped from encounter arrested in Pulwama

Militant slain in Budgam firefight, another who escaped from encounter arrested in Pulwama

An unidentified militant was slain in an encounter with armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district on Saturday, while another escaped cordon but was arrested in Pulwama, police said.

The forces had launched a cordon-and-search operation in the Mochuwa area of Budgam, following inputs about the presence of ultras there, a police official said.

He said the search operation turned into an encounter as the militants fired upon the forces, who mounted a retaliation.

“One militant was killed in the encounter. An AK assault rifle and a pistol were recovered from him,” the official said.

The identity and group affiliation of the militant is being ascertained, he said.

Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Zone, Vijay Kumar said another militant who had escaped from the encounter site was arrested from the Khrew area of Pulwama district.

He was taken from Mochuwa to Khrew, a distance of nearly 20 kilometres, by a truck driver, who has also been arrested, Kumar said.

A pistol and a grenade were found in the truck, he added.

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