Two militants from Kerala shot in Valley trying to cross LoC: Police

The J&K police and Army on Tuesday claimed to have killed two militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba, hailing from Kerala, in separate encounters in Kupwara district in north Kashmir.

They were killed after the police received a specific input about the movement of a militant group in the area. They were planning to sneak across the Line of Control. "The documents we recovered from one of the slain militants after a fierce 36-hour gun battle at Marg Darpora village indicate that they hail from Kerala," said Inspector General of Police, Kashmir range, Balaji Srinivas. "The duo were associated with the LeT and we are in touch with Kerala police to ascertain their real identity."

Police sources say an identity card recovered identified one of the militants as Shakeel Mohammad of 383 Chowk Kovalam, Kerala. Police also recovered some literature in Malayalam from his possession. One AK rifle with two magazines, 52 rounds of ammunition and a pouch was also recovered from the encounter site.

Another militant was also killed in the nearby forest area but they are yet to establish his identity even as the police have information that he too was part of a group of five militants from Kerala who had come to the border district to cross over to PoK. Police have launched a massive search to trace the three militants who are at large.

A Kerala Police team is expected in Srinagar to ascertain the identity of the slain militants.

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