Shopian gunfight: Two local militants killed, two troopers injured

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Shopian: On Saturday, two militants were killed in a gunfight that raged between government forces and militants in Kanigam village of Imamsahib belt in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Friday.

An unnamed senior police officer told a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that two unidentified militants were killed on Saturday in fresh exchange of fire while as the search operation is on in the area.

He added that hiding militants were repeatedly asked to surrender, however, they turned down the offer and fired upon the forces.

Unnamed sources that killed militants are locals and were affiliated with Al-badr militant organization.

Earlier, on Friday, an unnamed official said that a joint team of Police, Army’s 34 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Central Reserve Police Force (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 a gunfight.

After initial exchange of fire, militants managed to run towards residential houses, from where they tried to escape on Friday late night and fired upon resulting in injuries to two troopers, who were shifted to hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, internet services have been snapped in Shopian district. (KNO)

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