Shopian gunfight: Three local militants killed, says IGP

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Three local militants of the Al-Badr outfit were killed in the gunfight in Shopian district, said Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a wreath-laying ceremony of Special Police Officer (SPO) Altaf Ahmed, who sustained a bullet injury in Budgam gunfight and later succumbed, the IGP Kashmir said, “Yesterday late night a cordon was laid in Imam Sahab area of Shopian district. Today morning, three militants of Al-Badr were killed in the operation. All three are locals. Two Ak-47 rifles and one pistol have been recovered from their possession.”

In another gunfight, in Budgam’s Beerwah, he said two militants managed to flee; the police followed the trail and another cordon operation was launched in a village of the district.

On the Budgam gunfight, the IGP said that a cordon was laid in a village in Beerwah area of Budgam in the mid-night and in the initial exchange of firing, SPO Altaf Ahmed and constable Manzoor Ahmed sustained injuries. “Altaf succumbed to injuries later. There were reports of the presence of a militant Yusuf Kandroo and another foreign militant.”

“It seems that two militants sustained injuries in the first exchange given the blood trial that was seen up to two kilometers from the site of encounter. We have cordoned the village where blood trail ended and searches are on,” he said. (KNO)

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