Militant Killed, 3 Others Escape Military Dragnet In Sopore: Police

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Srinagar- A Pakistani militant of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) on Monday was killed in an encounter with government forces in Baramulla district of North Kashmir, police said.

According to officials, police, army’s 22RR and the personnel of CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in Penipora forest area of Sopore on the basis of information about the presence of militants in the woods.

Officials said that the search operation turned into an encounter when the militants hiding in the forest opened fire upon the search team to prevent them from advancing.

They further said that additional reinforcements have reached the area to assist the forces to carry out the operation.

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar said one Pakistani militant was killed in the encounter.

“01 #Pakistani #terrorist affiliated with proscribed #terror outfit LeT killed. #Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition recovered. 2 FTs and one local terrorist escaped from cordon. Search going on. Further details shall follow,” the IGP said on Twitter.

Earlier, Kashmir Police announced the outbreak of the encounter in a post on its official Twitter handle.

“#Encounter has started at Panipora forest of #Zaloora area in #Sopore. Sopore Police & Army on job. Further details shall follow,” the Tweet read.

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