2 Soldiers Killed, Hizb Militant Trapped in Shopian


Shopian—Two army men were killed and three others, including a captain, injured in an encounter with militants in Shopian district of south Kashmir, the police said Saturday night. 

Government forces launched a cordon and search operation Saturday following information about presence of militants in Avneera village of Zainapora area of the district, a police official said. 

He said as the forces were conducting searches, the militants opened firing on them which was retaliated by the law enforcement personnel, triggering a gunfight. 

Five soldiers were injured in the gun battle, he said, adding that they were evacuated to the 92 Base Hospital of the Army in Srinagar for treatment, where two among them succumbed to their injuries.

Three militants, including a top Hizbul Mujahedin commander, are believed to be trapped in the village, as per reports.

Earlier in an eighteen hour long cordon and search operation, that started on Friday afternoon in Noorpora area of Tral , finally ended on Saturday morning without any success.

Acting on a specific information of presence of presence of militants , the forces comprising of 42-Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) and its Special Operations Group (SOG) launched a massive manhunt to nab the militants, who were believed to be present in the area.

Pertinently Al-Qaeda militant Zakir Musa hails from the area.

All entry points leading towards the Noorpora and adjoining areas were sealed off since Friday afternoon.

Finally, cordon concluded peacefully in the area after troops found no militant present there.

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