Anantnag encounter marks return of cordon and search operations

At around 2 am on Friday, security forces began a cordon and search operation in Srigufwara village in the volatile Anantnag district. At 6 am, they zeroed in on a house where four militants believed to be working with the local unit of the Islamic State were trapped, after which an encounter started. Jammu and Kashmir Police officials say four militants, a civilian and a policeman were killed. They stated that among the four militants killed, two were locals. Further, the wife of the civilian who died also sustained a…

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Militants target CRPF patrol in Anantnag, passerby killed

A civilian was killed after car-borne militants opened fire at a road opening party of the Central Reserve Police Force here on Thursday. The civilian had been identified as Shakeeb Shabir Shah from Shopian district. A hunt had been launched to nab the militants, said the police. “At 2.20 pm, the militants, travelling in a Santro car, opened fire at security forces in the Laizbal area of the town, along the Khannabal-Pahalgam road,” Senior Superintendent of Police Altaf Khan said, adding that one of the bullets hit Shakeeb, who was…

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Braid cutting incidents cause panic among residents, Anantnag girl first victim from Valley

The mysterious phenomenon of braid chopping, which has created panic in Jammu region and several areas of northern India, registered its first victim in Kashmir on Tuesday. A schoolgirl, Naira Nazir, of Gud Draman village of Kokernag in Anantnag district, found her braids chopped off at her home. She fell unconscious due to the shock, her family members said. “The family registered a complaint and we have recorded their statement and started investigation,” a police official said. The incident has created panic in Kokernag villages. Frightened girls stayed home in…

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Four CRPF men injured in Anantnag grenade attack

Four CRPF personnel were injured after militants hurled a grenade at them in the Qazigund area of Anantnag district today. A CRPF spokesperson Rajesh Yadav said all four were stable. “They are being treated for injuries. One of them has a comparatively grievous injury on his leg but he is stable,” Yadav said. The injured CRPF men have been identified as Assistant Sub-Inspector Ram Raj and Constables Shashi Kant, Naresh Kumar and PC Patnaik of the 163 Battalion. The attack took place near the Dak Bungalow in the main market…

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Three militants killed by security forces in Anantnag

Three terrorists were gunned down by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag. The encounter broke out at around 8 pm at Wanihama village of Anantnag, following an anti-militancy operation launched by the security forces, said a defence spokesman, as per PTI. On the other hand, SP Vaid, J&K DGP said, “In a chance encounter three terrorists were killed near Anantnag by joint team of security forces.” According to ANI, the slain terrorists, all belonging to terrorist group Lashkar-e-taiba (LeT) were identified as Shaukat Louhar, Mudassir and Zibran. One AK-47,…

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Anantnag residents turn Good Samaritans, Rush to hospital to help injured

Soon after the news of the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag started doing rounds, dozens of locals, including young and the elderly, thronged the Anantnag district hospital, volunteering to help and donate blood. Seven pilgrims, including five women, were killed while 32 others were injured after suspected militants attacked a bus carrying them in the Batengoo area of Anantnag. Doctors at the Anantnag district hospital described the scenes as overwhelming. “The injured were yet to reach the hospital and a cache of local men, young and old, already…

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Cloud burst triggers flash floods havoc in Anantnag villages

Flash Floods triggered by cloudbursts wreaked havoc in several villages of Kokernag and Verinag areas of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Thursday, officials said. A senior official said a cloudburst hit Kokernag on Wednesday night, triggering flash floods in Brengi Nallah that damaged several houses, roads, standing crops, orchards and water pipelines in Vail, Gohan, Ahlan Gadole, Fromu, Luher Sanzi, and Magraypora areas. Machines have been put into service to remove boulders, muck and stones accumulated by the flash floods, sub-divisional magistrate Kokernag, Muhammad Rauf Rehman told Kashmir Post. He…

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Militants escape army cordon in Pahalgam village

After militants escaped an army cordon in Wularhama village of Pahalgam on Thursday, the soldiers beat up local youth on their way back, residents of Wularhama told Kashmir Post. They said that protests and clashes broke out against the soldiers and troops fired teargas shells to quell the protests. Shopkeepers in the region downed their shutters in protest and traffic went off the roads during the day. The army laid a cordon around Hardkaethal locality of Wularhama early Thursday morning. Locals told KR that when the siege was being laid,…

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South Kashmir residents accused security forces of ransacking property

The residents blamed the Army and the police for using force to disperse protesting villagers Residents of south Kashmir’s Heff and Shirmal villages on Wednesday accused the Army and police of ransacking their houses during a cordon-and-search operation on Wednesday. Even as the search was in progress, they protested and blamed the security forces for manhandling relatives of youths, who have joined militancy. The operation continued for several hours before it was called off. The residents blamed the Army and the police for using force to disperse protesting villagers. The…

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Srinagar-Qazigund stretch of highway to be completed by Sep 2017

Minister for Public Works Naeem Akhtar today said that the prestigious Srinagar-Qazigund four-lane highway will be thrown open for traffic by the September of this year and it will usher in a new era of prosperity and development. The Minister was speaking to people while inspecting the work on the project. The Minister was accompanied by Chief Engineer R&B, Regional Director NHA1, representatives of Ramky and other officials. The Minister was informed that the project earlier expected to be completed in 2016 was delayed due to the deteriorating law and…

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