3 Militants Killed, 2 Soldiers Injured In Ongoing Shopian Encounter

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AGUH Chief Trapped, Operation Underway: Police

Srinagar: Three unidentified militants were killed and two soldiers injured on Thursday in an ongoing gunfight in the main town of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Special operations group (SOG) of police, army’s 44 RR assisted by paramilitary CRPF personnel laid a siege around Jan Mohalla in Shopian town on Thursday after receiving specific inputs suggesting presence of militants in the locality, an official said. When the joint team launched combing operation, he said, the militants hiding in a residential house opened fire upon them in a bid to escape from their dragnet.

“The joint team retaliated to the fire setting off an encounter. In the exchange of gunfire, a soldier was injured. He has been removed to the hospital for treatment,” the official said.

He said as the gunfight turned intense, another army man sustained injuries in the exchange of fire. Both the soldiers have been shifted to army’s Badami Bagh hospital here for treatment.

In a tweet put out on its official handle, Kashmir police claimed killing three unknown militants in the ongoing operation.

In another Tweet, police claimed that Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGUH) chief has been trapped in the village and the operation was underway.

Earlier, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar and GOC Victor force also rushed to Shopian to monitor the encounter and any possible law and order situation.

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