STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar/JAMMU: Two terrorists were killed and an Army man was injured during an encounter between the ultras and security forces in Kulgam district on Saturday, police said. According to police, on a specific input generated by Kulgam Police regarding presence of terrorists in the village Arreh area of Kulgam, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by JKP , 34RR and 18Bn CRPF in the afore said area. During the search operation as the presence of terrorists got ascertained they were given the opportunity to surrender and repeated appeals were made through local elders, however they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter. In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. One of the killed terrorist was a foreigner and identified as Ali Bhai alias Hyder. However the identification of another killed terrorist is being ascertained. The killed terrorists were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit HM. Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crimes. The bodies of the killed terrorists have been sent to Handwara for their last rites after conducting medico-legal formalities including collection of their DNA. In case any family claims the other killed terrorist to be their kith or kin, they can come forward for his identification and participation in last rites at Handwara. In this connection a case under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Kulgam and investigation has been initiated. Meanwhile, a terrorist hideout was busted in a remote village in Rajouri district, leading to the recovery of a huge cache of arms and ammunition, officials said. The hideout was unearthed during the course of a joint search operation by police and the Rashtriya Rifles in Dardasan village of the Thanamandi area, the officials said. They said the recoveries made from the hideout included two Chinese pistols with two magazines, an Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) with 11 rifle grenades, 14 magazines of AK assault rifle with 920 rounds and a Chinese hand grenade. A large quantity of material used in the making of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), including batteries and wires, was also seized from the hideout, the officials said. However, no one was arrested in connection with the recovery so far, the officials said.
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