Militant Killed in Khrew, gunfight in Riyaz Naikoo’s hometown also

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Srinagar: One militant was killed in an encounter at Sarshali Khrew area of Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said on Wednesday.
“One (militant) killed so far. Details shall follow,” police tweeted on its official handle.
The encounter had started last night after police and army launched a joint cordon-and-search-operation following specific inputs about the presence of the militants in a particular house in the village. Besides Sarshali Khrew, a gunfight between militants and the joint team of police and army besides CRPF was reported from Beigpora area of Awantipora, the home town of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen operation chief commander Riyaz Naikoo. Police said senior officers monitored the operation since last night. “Contact established in the third operation at (Beighpora). Top (militant) commander is trapped,” police said in a tweet following one in which killing of militant at Sarshali Khrew area was made. Unconfirmed reports point out the killing of the militant at Beighpora. However, it has not been officially confirmed.

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