Police on Thursday claimed to have killed a militant who was the mastermind of an IED blast that killed four policemen.
A police spokesman in a statement said that the slain militants have been identified as foreigners from Pakistan namely Ali alias Athar and Zia-ur-Rehman, “They were affiliated with proscribed militant outfit JeM. Ali was one of the important commanders of JeM and was active since 2014. He was mastermind of the Sopore IED blast in which four policemen attained martyrdom,” he said.
Adding that both of them were involved in attacks on government forces establishments and civilian atrocities.
Earlier in the day in Checkipora area of Sheikhpora Sopore today, Police and forces jointly launched a search operation based on credible inputs about the presence of militants in the area, “During the searches, militants fired on the search party. Initially civilians were evacuated from the encounter site to the safer areas before engaging the terrorists in an encounter,” the police statement stated.
In the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed while some arms,ammunition and incriminating material was recovered from the site of encounter.
Police has registered a case in this regard and the investigation has been initiated in the instant matter