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Two militants killed in Baramulla shootout

Srinagar, Oct 19:Two militants were killed in a brief shootout with the government forces in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday.

A top police officer said that the militants travelling in a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) were signalled to stop at a naka at Kralhaar area.

He said the militants opened fire on thenaka party. In retaliation, both the militants were killed, he said.

“An AK series rife, magazine, UBGL, two Chinese pistol, six magazines, three grenades and two UBGL grenades were recovered from the possession of slain militants,” said the official.

He said a case FIR No 176/2008 was registered at Police Station Baramulla and investigation was taken up.

“The driver of the vehicle has been arrested and vehicle has been seized,” he said.

Reports said that both the militants killed were Pakistanis and belonged to Jaish-e-Muhammad militant outfit.

Later, a police spokesperson in a statement said that at about  1:30 pm, one Scorpio vehicle bearing registration number JK 01 L5792 coming from Srinagar side was signalled to stop at Naka near Kralhar, Baramulla manned by a joint team of Police and paramilitary forces.

“While being checked two militants boarding the vehicle fired upon forces party. In the brief exchange of fire both the militants got killed and one policeman received minor injuries,” the statement said.

“The following Arms ammunition was recovered from the possession of killed militants. AK Series Rife 01 No, AK Magzine01  No, UBGL  01 No, Pistol (Chinese) 02 Nos, Pistol Magazines 06 Nos, AK rounds. 19 Nos, Pistol rounds 52, Grenade 03 Nos, UBGL Grenade -02 Nos,” said the spokesman.

“Case FIR No 176/2008 registered in Police Station Baramulla and investigation taken up,” he said.

“Driver of the vehicle has been arrested and the vehicle has been seized,” said police spokesman in a statement.