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Militants who gave slip to forces in Sopore slain in Srinagar firefight

Two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants, including a Pakistani national, were killed in an encounter with the armed forces in Srinagar, police said on Tuesday.

“One policeman sustained minor injuries in the operation,” a police official said.

The ‘chance encounter’ took place late Monday night.

Inspector-General of Police, Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar said as per the documents and other incriminating materials recovered from the encounter site, one of the slain has been identified as Abdullah Goujri, a resident of Faisalabad in Pakistan.

“This was the same group of militants which had escaped from the Sopore encounter. We have been tracking their movement,” the IGP said.

He said the other slain militant was identified as Adil Hussain Mir alias Sufian, a resident of the Anantnag district.

“As per police records, he crossed over to Pakistan in 2018 on a visit visa from Wagah,” Kumar said.

He said three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants, who were killed in recent encounters, were sent from Pakistan to attack the annual Amarnath Yatra, which is scheduled to start this month-end.

Of the three slain, two were Pakistanis and one was a local.

Another Pakistani militant — identified as Hanzalla of Lahore — was killed in the Sopore encounter.

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