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Two militants killed in Handwara encounter

Dozens injured in clashes at Langate


Handwara, Sep 11 (KNS): Two militants have been killed in a pre- dawn encounter between forces and militants in Galoora village of Handwara in North Kashmir.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Handwara, Ashish Kumar Mishra said that the contact was established during an overnight operation and the firing was on between the two sides.
A senior police officer of the area however, confirmed to Kashmir News Service (KNS) that two militants were killed.
The slain militants were identified as Liyaqat Ahmad Lone and Furqan Rashid Lone.
Meanwhile, police spokesman in a statement said that Furqan Rashid Lone alias Adil son of Ab Rashid, a resident of Shartpora, Langate was affiliated with LeT. “He was wanted in a number of criminal cases registered at Police Station Handwara: FIR No. 271/2016 U/S 148, 149, 307, 436, 332 RPC of Police Station Handwara; FIR No.334/2016 U/S 148,149,307,436, 332 RPC of Police Station Handwara; FIR No.357/2017 U/S 120RPC, 18 ULA of Police Station Handwara,” police said.
“Liyaqat Ahmad Lone alias Sahaba alias Umar Khalid, son of Gh Mohi-u-din Lone, a resident of Harwan, Sopore and affiliated with LeT. He had a long history of involvement in militancy-related activities and was wanted in a number of criminal cases FIR No. 45/2016 under section 18b, 20 ULA of Police Station Bomia; FIR 81/2017 under section 363, 376 RPC of Police Station Bomai,” he said.
Police said that Liyaqat along with other LeT militants Gani Khawaja resident of Kralgund and Majid Mir resident of Nowpora Sopore is involved in case of FIR No.70/2018 under section 307 RPC, 7/27 Arms Act of Police Station Bomai regarding the murder of Hakim-ur-Rehman Sultani resident of Bomai on August 09, 2018.
Meanwhile, following the encounter, authorities suspended the mobile Internet service in parts of Handwara.
Besides, in the backdrop of the encounter, the class work in GDC Handwara and others institutes were suspended as ‘a precautionary measure’.
Locals said that dozens of youth were injured during the clashes that erupted in Langate area and continued for hours.
They said that three among the injured youth were rushed to the hospital who were referred to Srinagar hospital for specialized treatment. (KNS)