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10 persons injured in clashes in Shopian

Srinagar, Apr 13: Two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants were on Saturday killed in an encounter in Shopian district of south Kashmir, police said.

The slain militants have been identified as Abid Wagay, a resident of Rawalpora Shopian, and Shahjahan Mir of Amshepora Shopian, a police spokesman said.

“Based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Gahand area of Shopian district of south Kashmir, a cordon and search operation was launched by security forces there this morning,” the spokesman said.

He said during the searches, the militants fired upon the security personnel who retaliated. Two militants were killed in the ensuing encounter.

The bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter and incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, were seized, he said.

According to police records, both of the militants were affiliated with proscribed militant outfit JeM, spokesman said.

“They were wanted for their complicity in a series of militancy incidents including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities,” he said.

“They were involved in the abduction and subsequent killings of civilians Firdous Ahmad of Batgund and Nissar Ahmad of Kapran and policeman Balwant Singh of Batgund last year,” the spokesman said.

"They were also involved in the killing of Khusboo Jan at Viel Shopian earlier this year. Moreover, both were also involved in the killing of a civilian Tanveer Ahmad of Bemnipora at Kachdoora in Shopian. They were also involved in arson and setting ablaze panchayat ghars at Kanjiullar and Ramnagar,” spokesman added.

The spokesman said Mir was also involved in snatching of weapons and killing of four police personnel at Arhama Shopian last year.

“He (Mir) was also involved in attack on police station Shopian in which one cop Saqib Mohi-ud-Din was killed and his rifle was snatched.

"He was involved in the abduction and killing of a young boy Huzaif Ashraf Kuttay, resident of Manzgam D H Pora,” spokesman said.

Several cases were registered against both of them for planning and executing attacks on security establishments and killing of civilians in the area, the spokesman said.

"With the efforts of police and other security forces, it was a clean operation and no collateral damage happened during the encounter," the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, around ten persons were injured in clashes with the security forces in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Saturday.

Witnesses and reports said that clashes erupted in Shopian town as the news of killing of two militants spread in the area.

They said that youth took to streets and pelted the forces with stones to protest the militant killings.

The forces, according to witnesses, fired tear-gas and pellets to disperse the protesters, resulting into injuries to at least 10 persons.

A health official of the district confirmed injuries to 10 persons. He said two among the injured were shifted to Srinagar for specialised treatment.

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