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Shopian encounter: SPO turned militant among two LeT militants killed, searches on

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Srinagar, May 12: Two militants of LeT were killed in an encounter with government forces at Satipora area of Shopian district in south Kashmir on Sunday wee hours.

A senior Police officer told GNS that the encounter broke out at Hend Satipora village today wee hours after joint team of army’s 34 RR, SOG and CRPF cordoned off the area.

The cordon was laid following the credible inputs about the presence of some militants in the area, the officer said.

He said that during the course of gunfight both the militants hiding in the area were killed.

The bodies of the slain were recovered along with as many weapons and other war like stores, the officer said.

He said that the duo were wanted in several militant related attacks.

Sources identified the slain as Basharat Ahmad of Nikloora and Tariq Ahmad of Khasipora.

Tariq, an SPO turned militant, they said, adding that Tariq had decamped with his service rifle on 26th April last year from Police Post Pakherpora in central Kashmir’s Budgam district where he was posted.

Sources said that both the militants were affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba militant outfit.

Meanwhile, in wake of the encounter the authorities have snapped the internet services in the southern district. (GNS)

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