Second militant killed in Shopian gunfight, search on

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Shopian: Two militants including a top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander have been killed in an encounter between government forces and militants at Check Sadiq Khan area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Monday.

A senior police officer told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that two militants have been killed while as the search operation is on in the area.

He said the militants turned down repeated surrender offers given to them by government forces, adding that a top commander of LeT is among the slain, however, further identification was not immediately known.

Earlier, an official said that a joint team of Police, Army’s 34 RR and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in the area.

He said that as the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, which was retaliated, triggering an encounter.

Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, the mobile internet services have been suspended in the district—(KNO)

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