2 Militants Killed In Sopore  

SRINAGAR — Two Jaish-e-Mohammad militants were killed in a gunfight at Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Thursday.

Officials said that army’s 22 RR, SOG and CRPF laid a siege at Checkpora area of Sheikhpora adjacent to Arampora, Sopore late last night.

As the joint team intensified the searches in the wee hours today, the militants opened fire triggering off a gunfight.

“The operation was launched in the area based on credible inputs about the presence of militants,” a police spokesman said in a statement.

In the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed. The bodies of the slain along with some arms, ammunition and incriminating material were recovered from the site of the encounter, the spokesman said.

“According to the incriminating material recovered from the possession of the slain, the deceased have been identified as foreigners from Pakistan namely Ali alias Athar and Zia-ur-Rehman,” the spokesman said.

“They were affiliated with JeM militant outfit. Ali was one of the important commanders of JeM and was active since 2014. He was the mastermind of the Sopore IED blast in which four policemen attained martyrdom. Besides, both of them were involved in attacks on security force establishments and civilian atrocities,” the spokesman said.

Police have registered a case in this regard and the investigation has been initiated in the instant matter, the spokesman added.  


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