SRINAGAR: Two rebel fighters were killed in an overnight gunfight with the government forces in Khonmoh area on the outskirts of Srinagar have been identified as Owais Ahmad of Tral and Shabir Ahmad of Aghanzipora.
A top police official said that the bodies were identified by their families.
“The bodies have been handed over to them,” he said, adding the slain belonged to Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind militant outfit.
The gunfight had begun yesterday after militants attacked the policemen guarding a Bharatiya Janata Party leader Dr Anwar Khan.
“Following leads, forces cordoned a cluster of houses at Balhama, wherein the hiding militants fired upon them. During the initial firing, a CRPF personnel sustained bullet injuries and was shifted to 92 Base Hospital for treatment. He is stated to be stable,” said a spokesman.
Meanwhile, protests have erupted in Nowdal and Aghanzipora Awantipora – native areas of the slain militants.
Reports said that taranas were being played on the public address systems of the mosques in these areas.