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On R-Day, 2 terrorists gunned down in J-K's Khunmoh

Source: PTI
January 26, 2019 15:18 IST

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Two terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces on Saturday in Khunmoh area on the outskirts of Srinagar city in Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation following information about presence of terrorists in the area, a police official said, as Republic Day events were being held in parts of Srinagar.

 

He said the search turned into a gun battle after terrorists opened firing on security forces.

Two terrorists were killed in the operation, the official said adding that their identity and group affiliation were being ascertained.

Meanwhile, mobile internet services were suspended across Kashmir as a precautionary measure on the occasion of Republic Day, but mobile phone services functioned as usual.

Mobile internet services were snapped in the early hours as stringent security arrangements were put in place for Republic Day celebrations across Kashmir Valley, a police official said.

He said the services were snapped as a precautionary measure.

However, the mobile phone services, which used to be suspended for the duration of the Republic Day ceremony in Srinagar, were functioning as usual.

While suspension of mobile phone and internet services have become a routine since 2005, there have been a few occasions when the authorities did not resort to this step as part of the security drill in Kashmir.

The security agencies added this step to the security drill after militants triggered a blast outside the Bakshi Stadium during the Independence Day parade in 2005.

The authorities have been clamping down on mobile services in times of trouble in Kashmir.

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