At least five militants have been killed in an ongoing encounter between government forces and militants, which started on Friday night in Killora village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district. The militants are learnt to be from the Lashkar-e-Taiba, reports said.
The government forces had cordoned off the area last night following specific intelligence inputs about the presence of militants there and had started a search operation there. The search operation turned into an encounter after the militants fired upon the forces, PTI quoted an official as saying.
DGP Jammu and Kashmir S P Vaid confirmed on Saturday, “4 more bodies of terrorists visible at encounter site kiloora Shopian taking the total to 5 terrorists killed.”
In another encounter that took place on Friday, two militants, including a B-Tech graduate, who had joined militant ranks just four days ago, were killed in an encounter in north Kashmir’s Sopore. An Armyman was also killed in the gunfight, while three others were injured.
Forces responded to incessant firing by militants during a search operation in Drusso village at Behrampora in Sopore township. On Thursday night, a joint team of police, Army and paramilitary forces cordoned off the village after receiving information about the presence of militants there. Around midnight, as forces zeroed in on the house, the militants opened fire, triggering a gunfight that lasted till Friday morning. Police have identified the slain militants as Khursheed Ahmad of Pulwama and Riyaz Ahmad Dar of Sopore.
Meanwhile, two militants were gunned down in an encounter with government forces near a check-post in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. The gun battle took place after militants opened fire on personnel on patrol duty in Lolab Valley.