South Kashmir: Militant, ‘Associate’ Killed in Shopian Gunfight

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SRINAGAR — Police on Monday said that a militant and an “active associate of militants” were killed in a gunfight in Shopian district of south Kashmir.  

According to a police statement, government forces at a checkpoint on Shopian-Turkawangom Road intercepted a Tavera vehicle at Mool Chitragam during the preceding night. 

“However the (militants) boarding the vehicle opened fire from inside on (government) forces which was retaliated. In the retaliation process one (militant) identified as Firdous Ahmad Bhat and an active associate Sajad Ahmad who was driving the vehicle got killed.” Both of them were the residents of Kulgam. “Moreover one (militant) taking advantage of darkness managed to flee from spot, the police said. According to police records Firdous Bhat was a listed militant, it said.

“Bodies of both the (militants) have been handed over to their legal heirs after completion of medico-legal formalities.”

Police said incriminating material including arms and ammunition were recovered from the spot. “All these materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crimes.”

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