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Militant slain in Kashmir highway gunfight, another flees

Inspector General of Police in Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, on Friday said that a foreign militant was killed in the Kulgam encounter while the second one managed to flee.

He said the slain militant had taken shelter in a nearby building after attacking a Border Security Force convoy at Meerpora in Kulgam.

“Intermittent firing remained on throughout the night and in the wee hours, and one slain foreign militant identified as Usman who was affiliated with the Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit,” the IGP told reporters in Srinagar.

He said that Usman was a “dreaded militant” and he was planning a big strike on the armed forces ahead of India’s Independence Day. “One AK-47 rifle, four magazines, a few grenades and a RPG launcher, was recovered from the slain militant,” the IGP said.

He said that armed forces had already received an input about the possible militant attack on the Kashmir highways including Qazigund to Pantha Chowk belt.

“It was due to the alertness that militants after attacking the BSF convoy were zeroed in forcing them to take shelter in a nearby building,” the IGP said.

The IGP said that the highway is being cleared and the traffic will resume shortly.

He said militant attacks are being planned in Kashmir ahead of 15 August to instill. “We have put in place stringent security measures to ensure August 15 functions pass off peacefully. People are requested to participate in the I-Day functions in large numbers without any fear,” the IGP said even as participation in such event is ‘forced’.

Pertinently, in the Kulgam encounter, two youth had sustained bullet injuries during clashes while a CRPF man had also received bullet injury in his foot.

Massive anti-India protests had erupted near the encounter site in Kulgam as forces clashed with militants.

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