Thousands participate in funeral of rebel killed in Pulwama encounter

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SRINAGAR: Thousands of mourners participated in funeral of an anti-India rebel – Manzoor Ahmad Bhat – in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir Thursday morning.

Pertinently, Indian Army and personnel of Jammu and Kashmir police killed two rebels during an armed encounter in Gasu village of Pulwama, about 50-kilometres south of summer capital Srinagar.

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The slain rebels belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit. One slain rebel was identified as Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, son of Abdul Rashid Bhat, a resident of Aloochibagh area of Kakapora in Pulwama district. However, identity of other slain rebel was yet to be ascertained, but initial reports said that he was a resident of Pakistan.

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According to an army official, a cordon and search operation was launched in the area late Wednesday evening following specific intelligence inputs about presence of militants in a house.

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Sources claimed that the rebels opened indiscriminate fire on the army troopers following which an fierce gunfight broke between the two parties, which ended at around 1:30 am.