Five militants, boy held hostage by ultras killed in separate encounters

SRINAGAR: Five militants, including two of Pakistani origin who killed a 12-year-old boy held hostage by them, were gunned down in separate encounters with security forces on Friday in Bandipora and Shopian districts, taking the number of ultras killed since Thursday to seven.

Two militants were killed in an overnight gunfight in Hajin area of Bandipora district, officials said.

The operation started on Thursday but the security forces had to proceed with caution as the ultras had taken two civilians hostage, the officials said.

While one civilian was rescued Thursday evening, the other — a 12-year-old boy — was killed by the militants, they said.

“Two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were killed in the Hajin encounter. From incriminating material, they were identified as Pakistani nationals, Ali and Hubaib,” a police spokesman said.

He said while one hostage, Abdul Hameed, was rescued last evening, the second captive, Aatif Ahmad, “could not be saved and was brutally killed by terrorists”.

Two unidentified militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in

Shopian district. (AGENCIES)