Al-Badr militants killed, policeman injured in an encounter days ahead of Amarnath Yatra

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Security forces shot dead a local militant of Al-Badr in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district, police said on Tuesday.

A policeman was also injured in the initial exchange of fire.

The encounter broke days ahead of the annual Amarnath Yatra which is all set to begin from July 1.

Police said an encounter erupted at Hoowra Kulgam when a joint team of Police, Army and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation last night following an input about militant presence.

“During the search operation, as the joint search party approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding terrorist fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, in which one J&K police personnel got injured who was subsequently shifted to hospital for treatment. The hiding terrorist was also given an opportunity to surrender, however he kept on firing on the joint forces. The fire was effectively retaliated, leading to an encounter,” a police spokesman said.

He said in the ensuing encounter, a local militant linked with Al-Badr was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of the encounter.

He was identified as Adil Majeed Lone, a resident of Akbarabad Hawoora, Kulgam.

Police said incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including a Pistol with live ammunition and a grenade were recovered from the site of the encounter.

“All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation,” police said.

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