2 Militants Killed In Sopore Encounter


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Srinagar- Two militants were killed in a pre-dawn encounter with government forces in Hardshiva area of north Kashmir’s Sopore on Thursday, police said.

A joint team of special operations group (SOG) of police, army’s 22 RR and the personnel of CRPF 179 battalion cordoned off Hardshiva locality Sopore town after receiving ‘specific’ information about the presence of militants in the area, a police spokesperson said.

He said an encounter broke out after the militants rejected the surrender offer and opened fire at the search party of the forces. In the ensuing encounter, the police spokesperson said that two militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter.

“The identification and affiliation of the killed militants is being ascertained. However as per credible sources the killed militants belonged to proscribed LeT outfit,” the police spokesperson said.

“Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their role and complicity in other crimes,” he added.

The police spokesperson further said that the bodies of the militants have been sent to Baramulla for their last rites after conducting medico-legal formalities including collection of their DNA.

“In case any family claims the killed militants to be their kith or kin, they can come forward for their identification and participation in last rites at Baramulla,” the police spokesperson said.

He said a case under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Bomie and investigations have been initiated.

Meanwhile, the authorities suspended mobile internet services in entire police district Sopore following the encounter.

According to reports, minor protests broke out in the area after the encounter concluded.

Gunfight Rages In Tral

Meanwhile an encounter broke out between militants and state forces in Chewa Ular area of south Kashmir’s Tral on Thursday, police said.

State forces launched a cordon and search operation in Chewa Ular area of Tral after receiving specific information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.

He said an encounter broke out after the militants opened fire at a search party of the forces.

The exchange of fire is going on and further details are awaited, the official said.



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