While the police are yet to identify the slain militants in the operation at south Kashmir’s Kulgam, sources say that both of them were locals who likely belonged to the Al Badr militant outfit.
Two militants were killed in a gunfight in south Kashmir’s Kulgam on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday, taking the tally of slain militants in the valley in the first 10 days of the year to 13.
While the police are yet to identify the militants, sources say that both of them were locals who likely belonged to the Al Badr militant outfit.Top News Right Now
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On Sunday evening, a joint team of Jammu and Kashmir Police, army and paramilitary forces cordoned off the Hussanpora village of Kulgam after they had received inputs about the presence of the militants in the village.
The hiding militants opened fire and tried to break the security cordon, said the police. The forces returned the fire thus foiling the militants’ attempt to escape from the area and eventually killed the two militants.
“KulgamEncounterUpdate: 02 unidentified terrorists killed. Identification and affiliation being ascertained. Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition recovered. Search going on. Further details shall follow,” the Jammu and Kashmir Police tweeted.
Military operations against militants in the valley have seen a sudden surge during the past month. As per official records, seven gunfights between militants and the joint team of forces erupted in the first 10 days of 2022.
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Attendance at marriages, funerals capped at 50 persons in view of Omicron spread: Kerala CM
In view of the rising numbers of Omicron variant of Covid-19 in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan directed that the number of attendees at weddings and funerals be limited to a maximum of 50 people.
The decision was taken at the Covid review meeting chaired by the Chief Minister, a state government release said. Last week, the government had directed that the number of people at marriages, funerals, political, social and cultural events in closed rooms be restricted to 75 and in open spaces to 150.
Now in the latest decision, it has been further reduced to 50 without specifying whether it is for closed rooms or open spaces or both. In the meeting, it was also decided that reunions, ceremonies, and general social, political, cultural and community events should be conducted online, except in urgent situations, the release said.