South Kashmir: 2 Militants Killed In Shopian Gunfight

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SRINAGAR – Two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants were killed on Monday in a fierce gun-battle with government forces in Shopian district of south Kashmir.

A joint team of army, special operations group (SOG) of police and CRPF 178 Batallion laid a siege around Khojpora village in Reban, Shopian after receiving input about the presence of militants in the village, a police spokesperson  said today. The militants hiding in the village tried to break the cordon by opening fire upon the search team.

“The troops immediately took cover and retaliated. During retaliation by the forces, the holed up militants were killed,” the police spokesperson said.

He identified the slain militants as Shabir Ahmad Malik @Abu Maviya of Yaripora and Amir Ahmad Dar of Wadina Melhoura. Police also claimed to have recovered one AK-47 rifle with a magazine, one UBGL, a Chinese pistol with magazine and 9 rounds from the encounter site.

Police said Malik was a Pakistan trained militant active since 2017. His associate Dar joined militancy ranks last year. He said that both the militants were involved in various militancy related cases in Shopian and Kulgam districts of south Kashmir.

Meanwhile, police have filed a case FIR No. 11/2020 under sections 16, 18, 19 ULA (P) Act, 7/27, I Arms ACT, 307 1PC, over today’s encounter.

“People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any.” The police spokesperson added.

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