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Four militants killed in Arwani encounter: Police

Srinagar, Oct 25: Four militants were killed in a gunfight with the government forces in Arwani area of Bijbehara in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Thursday, police said.

An official said that four militants were killed in the gunfight that broke out after forces launched a cordon-and-search-operation in Kharmohalla of Arwani.

He said the identity of the slain militants is yet to be ascertained. However, a source identified one of the slain militants as SahilMakroo of Arwani.

The militant killings triggered Intense protests and clashes in the area.

Police version:At Khar Mohalla of Arwani in Bijbehara district Anantnag, Police and Security forces launched a cordon & search operation based on credible input about the presence of the militants in the area.

As the search operation was going on, hiding militants fired upon the search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter.

In the ensuing encounter, four militants were killed. The identity of the killed militants is being ascertained.

Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter.

Police has registered a case in this regard and investigation has been initiated in the instant matter.

“Citizens are once again requested not to venture inside the site of encounter since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials.”

People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any.