One militant killed as fresh exchange of firing resumes in Sopore

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Srinagar: A militant has been killed in an ongoing encounter at Drusoo village of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Reports reaching GNS said that a joint team of Army and SOG launched a cordon at Drusoo village in Bharampora area of Watergam late Thursday night.

The forces later laid concertina wires and installed generator sets for lighting purpose in the village amid the cordon-and-search operation, they said.

SSP Sopore Javid Iqbal also confirmed that a cordon-and-search operation was launched at Drusoo village following specific information about the presence of two militants inside a residential house.

As the searches were underway, the hiding militants opened fire upon the forces triggering off a gunfight, he said.

The gunfight continued intermittently till wee hours today, he said.

“So far one militant has been killed during the operation,” SSP said, adding that fresh exchange of firing resumed at around 9:15 AM.

Meanwhile, sources identified the slain militant as Reyaz Ahmad of Naseerabad Sopore while as another one trapped militant is said to be Khursheed Ahmad Malik son of Ghulam Nabi Malik who was missing from Arabal Nikas, Pulwama since Tuesday morning. (GNS)

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