Two terrorists killed in Balhama encounter

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18 March, 2018

The Pakistani militant was identified as Abu Hammas.

Reports said state BJP leader Mohammad Anwar Khan along with his two personal security officers (PSOs) was sacked upon by militants at Balhama and tried to snatch service rifles from them. Till now, the police have recovered two bodies of militants and are conducting investigations in order to ascertain their identities. A vehicle in the use of the accused identified as Faizan ul Zaman Bhat, Sajad Ahmed Dar and Miaser Ahmed has also been seized, another police statement said.

Two militants were killed and three policemen including an SHO injured on Thursday in a gunfight that broke out on the outskirts of the city after a BJP leader was attacked, said police.

Clashes erupted between locals and government forces in Balhama and Pantha chowk areas of Srinagar district after the body of a third militant was recovered from the site of Thursday's gunfight.

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Official sources said that firing has stopped and searches may soon be carried out to find out any militant bodies under the debris.

Meanwhile, a shutdown is being observed in Aghanzpora and adjoining villages of Awantipora.

All shops and other business establishments remained closed in these areas. In Balhama a youth Farman Ali Mir son of Ghulam Hussain sustained injuries after a tear gas shell hit him.

At Pampore, scores of school going children staged a protest demonstration against the killings.

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