Government forces during a search operation in Kashmir
Government forces during a search operation in Kashmir (Photo Credit: Reshi Irshad)

BIJBEHARA — A militant has been killed in a gunfight between government forces and militants in Khush Roi Kalan area of Bijbehara in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, officials said on Saturday.

A senior police officer told news agency Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that a militant has been killed, who has been identified as Faheem Ahmad Bhat (19) son of Gul Mohammad Bhat of Kandipora Bijbehara.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone Vijay Kumar told KNO that Faheem, who recently joined ISJK, was given multiple surrender offers but he turned it down.

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He said that Faheem was involved in the killing of ASI Mohammad Ashraf from Awantipora area posted in Police Station Bijbehara, who was shot dead near SDH Bijbehara on December 22, 2021.

Earlier, an official said that a joint team of Police, Army and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in the area.

He said that as the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, which was retaliated, triggering a gunfight.

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Pertinently, four militants were killed in two separate encounters on Saturday including two in Chowgam area of Shopian and two in Hardimir area of Tral.

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