Two dead bodies recovered, search operation on in Shopian

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Scene during an encounter in the valley
Scene during an encounter in the valley

SRINAGAR — Two bodies have been recovered so far from the encounter site after gunfight broke out between militants and government forces at Dragad Sugan area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Friday during wee hours.

A senior police officer said that after brief exchange of firing with militants, we started searching the area and in the meantime, we have recovered two bodies along with as many weapons.

“However, the identity of the slain is yet to be ascertained,” he said.

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Earlier, reports reaching here said that a joint team Army’s 44 RR, SOG and CRPF launched a cordon and search at Dragad Sugan area during pre-dawn hours today.

A police officer said that cordon was launched on specific information in the area.

As such the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot in the orchards, the hiding militants fired upon the forces which triggered off a brief exchange of gunfight.

He said that additional reinforcement of Army has been rushed to the site.

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