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Kashmir | Gunbattle on in Hajin, 2 terrorists killed

Bandipora DC Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary had escaped an attack on him in the same area on Wednesday evening.

Statesman News Service | Jammu |

A gunfight between security forces and terrorists broke out on Thursday morning in Hajin area of North Kashmir. Bandipora DC Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary had escaped an attack on him in the same area on Wednesday evening.

Police said the encounter was on at the moment, and two terrorists had been killed. A search of the area is on.

Further details about the ongoing encounter are awaited.

According to the police, a patrol party of the Indian Army and the state police was fired upon in Hajin’s Parray Mohalla on Thursday morning. In retaliation, the security forces fired at the militants, triggering the gunfight.

“The operation continues. Reinforcements have also been rushed in to tighten the cordon around the militants,” said an officer.

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On Wednesday, Chaudhary said, miscreants attacked his cavalcade at Nadihal, after stone pelting at SK Bala.

The official car in which the DC was travelling was badly damaged.

Earlier on Wednesday, while addressing a gathering in the terror-torn Hajin, Chaudhary said peace was a prerequisite for development. “Our team will put extra efforts to deliver well,” he said.

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On Wednesday, four policemen were killed in a terrorist attack in in Bongam area of Shopian district in South Kashmir. They were escorts of the DSP headquarters in  Shopian, said the police, adding that the attack took place of the district.

The four were Javed Ahmad, Muhammad Iqbal, Adil and Ishfaq. They had gone to the area to fetch a police vehicle that had developed some snag when the attack took place. Reports said the terrorists decamped with the rifles of the slain policemen.

Also on Wednesday, security forces gunned down one of the oldest surviving A++ category terrorists of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, Altaf Kachroo, and his accomplice in an encounter in South Kashmir.