2 Militants Killed In Shopian Encounter: Police

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Srinagar: Police on Wednesday claimed to have killed two unidentified militants in a joint operation with state forces in Shopian district of south Kashmir

The soldiers of army’s 34 RR, police and CRPF laid a siege around Chakura on Wednesday afternoon after receiving specific input about the presence of militants in the village, a police spokesperson said. The militants, he said turned down the surrender offer and fired upon the search team.

The state forces, the police spokesperson said returned the fire triggering off an encounter. In the exchange of fire, he said two militants were killed and their bodies retrieved from the site of encounter.

“The identification and affiliation of the killed militants is being ascertained,” the official said.

He added that incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter and the same has been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other crimes.

“The last rites of the killed militants shall be performed after conducting their medico-legal formalities including collection of DNA,” the police spokesperson said, adding” In case any family claims the killed militants to be their kith or kin, they can come forward for their identification at PCR Kashmir Srinagar and participation in last rites at Handwara,”

The police spokesperson further said that a case under relevant sections of law has been registered in this regard and further investigation has been initiated.

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

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