Three militants killed in Panzgam Pulwama

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SRINAGAR — Three militants were killed in an encounter that broke out during wee hours of Saturday at Panzgam area of Pulwama on Saturday.

An official said that a joint team of forces including Army’s 55 RR and SOG cordoned off Bonpora Panzgam after having credible input about presence of some militants in the area.

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A senior police official confirmed that three militants were killed in exchange of fire between militants and government forces.

The official said that one among the three slain militants was involved in killing of an Army soldier Aurangzeb last year.

SSP Awantipora Tahir Saleem said that the three militants who were killed in Panzgam today were affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.

He identified the slain trio as Showkat Ahmad Dar of Panzgam Pulwama, Irfan Ahmad of Sopore and Muzzafar Ahmad of Tahab Pulwama.

The officer said that Showkat Dar was directly involved in the killing of the Army soldier rifleman Aurangzeb.

On June 14, 2018, Aurangzeb – a rifleman with 44 Rashtriya Rifles – was kidnapped and shot dead by militants in south Kashmir’s Pulwama when he was travelling in a private vehicle on his way home to Poonch.

Aurangzeb was part of an officer’s team which killed Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sameer Tiger on May 01, 2018.

Meanwhile, internet services have been snapped as a precautionary measure in PD Awantipora.

Clashes between government forces and local youth were also reported near the encounter site.

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