Militant Killed In Shopian Encounter

SRINAGAR: An unidentified militant was killed on Friday in an encounter with a joint party of police and paramilitary forces in Shopian district. 

On specific information regarding the presence of militants in village Vandena in the jurisdiction of police station Zainapora, Shopian police and 55 RR launched a joint search operation this afternoon, a police spokesman said.

Militants fired upon the search party, triggering an encounter in which one militant has been killed. The encounter was continuing when reports last came in Friday evening.

Meanwhile, Handwara Police and 47 RR recovered arms and ammunition in Wuchar forests of Wogbal area.

During a search operation in Wuchar forests of village Wogbal, Handwara Police and 47 RR recovered one AK 47, one AK 56, nine Pika grenades, two AK magazines, 32 rounds of AK ammunition, eighteen rounds of Pika, one pistol magazine, three pistol rounds and a matrix sheet from a hideout.

A case has been registered in this regard.

Firing along LOC

Pakistani troops fired at Indian positions along the Line of Control in Nawgam sector of Kashmir valley but there was no causality.

"Pakistani troops opened firing on our positions this evening, using small firearms and RPGs in Nawgam sector," an army spokesman said in Srinagar.

He said the Indian Army exercised total restraint and did not retaliate to the unprovoked firing from the other side.

The spokesman said vigil along the LoC has been increased as the ceasefire violations could be a diversionary tactic to push militants into the Valley from Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

This is the third ceasefire violation within a week by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Kashmir, he said.

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