Shopian encounter: Army deserter among two militants killed


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An army man turned militant was among two militants killed in a gunfight with government forces at Safanagri area in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Tuesday pre-dawn hours, Police said.

In a statement issued here a police spokesman said  that a joint team of army and SOG launched a cordon-and- search operation at Safanagri following specific inputs about the presence of some militants.

As such the joint team of forces intensified the searches and fired some warning shots towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants opened fire triggering off a gunfight.

He said that in the ensuing encounter, two  militants were killed and they were identified as Mohd Idrees Sultan alias chota Abrar, son of  Mohd Sultan R/o Safanagri Shopian and Amir Hussain Rather alias Abu Sobaan, son of Mohd Amin Rather R/o Awneera Shopian, “ They were affiliated with  militant outfit Hizbul Mujahidin and were involved in ‘terror’ attacks on security establishments and many other civilian atrocities in the area.” He said

Adding that Idrees was a deserter from Army, and that no collateral damage took place during the operation.

“Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. Police has registered a case and initiated investigation in the instant matter.” he concluded.


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