2 militants killed in Khunmoh gunfight

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A BJP leader escaped a militant attack in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, but his personal security officer (PSO) was injured in the incident, the police said.

After following leads, security forces cordoned off a cluster of houses at Balhama of Khonmoh area, wherein the hiding militants fired upon the forces. The PSO identified as Bilal Ahmad suffered injuries in the incident.

Soon after the attack, the security forces including the J&K police's counterinsurgency Special Operations Group (SOG), the Army and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) laid siege to the area to take on the assailants.

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"As per recent update a gunfight has begun and militants have been hold up", the spokesman said.

The gunfight had raged last evening after militants tried to snatch weapons from the security guards of a BJP leader. Majority educational institutions also remained closed as one of the two militants killed at Khanmoh Rasiq Nabi Bhat was a resident of Tral.

Authorities on Friday have blocked all the roads leading to Pulwama district's Awantipora and adjoining villages following the identifications of the two slain militants killed during an encounter in Balhama Khunmoh area of district Pulwama. "Further investigation is going on", he added.

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