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Two Militants Killed in Sopore Encounter


Two militants who were scooped up in a house at Sopore in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district were killed in a conflict with security forces. An Army official said operations are continuing in the area. Security forces had originated a cordon-and-search operation (CASO) in Natipora area of Sopore after getting information about the appearance of militants there, a police official stated. Earlier, major Leetul Gogoi, the director in the eye of the “human shield” storm, has trouble coming his way.

During the searches, the two gunmen opened fire on the forces, triggering the gunbattle, he said. The militants were reportedly opening up in a house in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. According to PTI, security forces had launched a cordon-and-search operation in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district after getting a report about the presence of militants there, a police official said. The militants reportedly opened fire on the forces triggering the gun-battle.

Two AK rifles were recovered along with five AK magazines. Apart from these, Rs 2, 000 cash and two rubber stamps were also found among other things. The encounter comes a week barely after Salazar Bhatt, Burhan Wani’s successor was rifled down and six other militants were destroyed in a separate event.

The cops killed the militants in a joint operation with the Army and CRPF at Mir Mohalla, Nathipora at Bomai Sopore

Jammu and Kashmir police claimed of killing two shooters in Sopore police district on Monday, around 55 km north of Srinagar. A Srinagar-based police spokesman said, in a “quick operation” the police identified two militants and killed them.

He said the militants were “instrumental in throwing of grenade” on police on Wednesday evening in Sopore, in which four policemen were injured. He said the cops killed the militants in a joint operation with the Army and CRPF at Mir Mohalla, Nathipora at Bomai Sopore. The encounter started a few hours ago.

Terrorists yesterday hurled a grenade at a Police party near Jammu and Kashmir Bank in Sopore. As usual, as four police personnel were injured in the incident. Lauding the Indian Army’s swift action in neutralising the terrorists i, the defence experts said this offensive mode of the security forces would help in flushing out terrorists from the Valley.

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Security expert P.K. Sehgal said it was a tremendous achievement for the forces to gun down the terrorists notwithstanding the strong support provided by the locals to these rebels in Sopore.

“Sopore has personages who are sympathetic towards Pakistan. They provide terrorists both haven as well as logistics support. To that space, flushing them out is a huge achievement for the security forces. It is possible that we have been able to take them out despite locals giving them all kind of support,” Sehgal told ANI.

Written by Harish Kumar

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