Shopian gunfight ends, Hizb commander among two militants killed

Srinagar: An encounter that broke out between government forces and militants in Khawjapora Reban village of Shopian district on Monday morning has ended with the killing of two militants.

An official said that Hizb – ul- Mujahideen commander Ishfaq Ahmad, son of Muhammad Yousuf resident of Hangalbuch village of Yaripora belt in Kulgam district is among the slain while as other is  probably a foreigner. He added that Ishfaq was active with Hizb since May 2016.

Earlier, an official told  that on specific inputs about the presence of militants, a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) was launched by a joint team of forces including Ist RR and Shopian police in the area.

As forces zeroed towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon forces, which was retaliated triggering an encounter, he said.

In exchange of fire, two militants who were trapped in the house of Abdul Samad were killed, he said.

As forces were leaving the area after encounter ended, youth pelted stones on them, which was retaliated by disbursing tear smoke and sound shells.

Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, internet services have been suspended in Kulgam and Shopian districts of southern Kashmir—(KNO)

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