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Two insurgents, who killed army trooper on Friday, slain in Anantnag encounter: Kashmir police

Two militants who were ‘responsible for the killing of an Indian army trooper’ on Friday, were slain in an encounter with armed forces in Anantnag district, the Jammu and Kashmir police said on Sunday.

Inspector-General of Police for Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, said the two militants were killed in an overnight military operation at Semthan in Bijbhera of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

The military operation had started late on Saturday afternoon.

“The duo was responsible for the killing of Army trooper,” Kumar said.

Mohammad Saleem Akhoon, the slain soldier, a former militant who had joined the army after surrendering in 2004, was shot dead outside his home in his native Bijbhera village on April 9. Akhoon, who was awarded thrice by the army for his role in anti-insurgency operations, was on leave when militants shot him in his head.

Earlier, a joint team of police and army launched a cordon and search operation in the area. The operation, officials said, was suspended on Saturday night.

As the joint team approached the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, triggering off a gunfight.

Police didn’t give the identities of two slain insurgents.

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