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Budgam encounter: Two more militants killed as operation ends; toll 3

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Two more militants have been killed in an encounter at Chadoora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Monday, taking the death toll of militants to three.

A senior police officer told news agency GNS that the operation has been concluded with the killing two more militants at Kaneera, Patalgam, Chadoora. “With the killing of the militants the death toll reached three”.

“Among the slain militants two are said to be foreigners (Pakistan), one among them is a local from neighbouring Pulwama district namely Firdous Ahmad Mir”, the officer said, adding the identity of the remaining two are being ascertained.

Earlier, a joint team of army, SOG and CRPF following a specific information had launched a cordon-and-search operation in the area. As the joint team of forces intensified the searches the hiding militants opened fire triggering off an encounter.

Soon after the news about the encounter spread, the people mostly youth took to streets at Chadoora and its adjoining areas and start pelting stones on forces.

The forces resorted to teargas shelling and used some aerial shots to disperse the protesting people. In the meantime, the busy market at Chadoora shuts down spontaneously.

Meanwhile, in wake of the encounter, the authorities have blocked internet services in Budgam and Pulwama districts to maintain law and order.

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