Militant, Cop Killed In Ganderbal Shootout, Encounter Rages In Shopian

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Srinagar: An unidentified militant and a policeman on Tuesday were killed in a brief shootout in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, while an encounter broke out between militants and state forces in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said.

An unidentified militant fired upon a Ghulam Qadir, a district vice president of the BJP near his house in Nunar area of the district on Tuesday evening, a police spokesperson. While the BJP leader escaped unhurt in the attack, his personal security officers (PSOs) killed the militant in retaliatory fire.

In the brief shootout with the militant, a PSO identified as Constable Altaf Hussain was also injured, the police spokesperson said. The injured security guard was removed to the SK institute of medical sciences for treatment.

Meanwhile, an encounter broke out on Tuesday between militants and government forces in Zainapora area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Acting on specific information regarding the presence of militants, army’s 44 RR, special operations group (SOG) of police and CRPF laid a siege around Sugan village of Zainpora on Tuesday evening and started a combing and search operation, police sources said.

The militants hiding in the village, sources said opened fire when the search team started advancing towards the house where the militants are holed-up. The militants, police sources said also turned down surrender offer and engaged the state forces in firefight.

Meanwhile, sources said that the operation has been put off for a night in view of darkness. However, the cordon has further been tightened to thwart any attempt of militants to escape the dragnet.

The search teams, sources said have also installed lights in the area to keep a close watch on the movement of the holed-up militants.

As per the sources two to three militants are believed to be trapped.



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