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Two militants killed in Shopian encounter

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Militant associate arrested in Awantipora

Srinagar: Two militant were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Saturday, police said.

Acting on specific information about the presence of militants in the Kilbal area of the south Kashmir district, security forces launched a cordon and search operation there, a police official said.

A police press release said that based on a specific input, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Ganderbal, Shopian Police alongwith 34RR & 178Bn CRPF in the said area and as the joint search party proceeded towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired indiscriminately which was retaliated leading to an encounter.

“In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists of proscribed terror outfit LeT (TRF) were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter”, police said adding that they have been identified as Sameer Ahmad Shah son of Nazir Ahmad Shah resident of Dhangam Shopian and Rayees Ahmad Mir son of Mohd Ashraf Mir TakiyaWahgam Pulwama.

“As per police records, both the killed terrorists were part of group involved in several terror crime cases including attacks on security forces and civilian atrocities,” police said adding that incriminating materials, arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation.

Police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated.

Meanwhile, Awantipora Police along with 55RR and 185Bn CRPF arrested a militant associate linked with proscribed terror outfit JeM in Awantipora. He has been identified as Umer Farooq Bhat son of Farooq Ahmad Bhat resident of RenziporaAwantipora. Incriminating materials including a Hand Grenade has been recovered from his possession.

A police press release said the preliminary investigation revealed that the arrested militant associate was involved in providing shelter, logistic support, transportation of arms, ammunition and assisting the terrorists to shift their locations. Besides, he was also passing sensitive information regarding movement of Police, Security forces to the terrorists of proscribed outfit JeM.

A case under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Awantipora and investigation has been initiated.

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