14 Year Old Among 3 Militants Killed in Shopian Encounter

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Srinagar- A fourteen year old boy who had joined militant ranks three days back was killed by joint forces of army and police in an overnight encounter in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, taking the toll of killed militants to three, police said on Sunday.

State forces were engaged in an exchange of fire with militants in Hadipora area of south Kashmir's Shopian district. One militant was killed on Saturday.

Two more militants have been killed in the operation at Hadipora, a police official said.

Police said one of the slain militants identified as Faisal Gulzar Ganaie was 'newly recruited' and state forces made 'sincere efforts' to make him surrender.

"Parents also made appeals. But other militants didn't let him surrender," Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar told reporters.

Faisal belonged to village Chittergam Kalan as did other slain militant identified as Asif Ahmad Ganaie. One more militant killed during the encounter Ubaid Ahmad hailed from Gobowpora Arsh in the Shopian district.

A police official said one AK-47 rifle and a pistol was recovered from the site of the encounter, according to a report by a local news agency GNS.

Special Operations Group (SOG) of police, army’s 34 RR and CRPF personnel laid a siege around Hadipora area of Shopian on Saturday afternoon after receiving information about the presence of militants in an orchard, an official said. He said the search team came under fire from militants when they launched a combing operation in the area.

“The joint team returned the fire triggering off an encounter,” the official said.

Official sources said that a soldier was injured in the initial exchange of fire with the militants. The soldier, as per the report has been removed to the hospital for treatment and was stable.


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