Two killed during firefight in Shopian

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SRINAGAR — Two dead bodies have been found after brief exchange of firing took place between militants and Army in Moolu Chitragam area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Monday during wee hours.

Reports reaching here said that second body has been also recovered after militants fired upon the Quick Reaction Team (QRT) of CO 44RR party in Moolu Chitragam after they were passing through the area.

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Earlier, a police officer also confirmed about the exchange of firing between militants and Army in the area.

As per the sources, searches in the area are going on to see if any more militant body is present there.

Police Version

Police in a statement said that During the preceding night, security forces at a checkpoint on Shopian Turkawangom Road at Mool Chitragam intercepted a Tavera vehicle.

However the militants boarding the vehicle opened fire from inside on security forces which was retaliated. In the retaliation process one militant identified as Firdous Ahmad Bhat and an active associate Sajad Ahmad who was driving the vehicle got killed. Both of them were the residents of Kulgam. Moreover one militant taking advantage of darkness managed to flee from spot.

According to police records Firdous Bhat was a listed militant.

Bodies of both the militants have been handed over to their legal heirs after completion of medico-legal formalities.

Incriminating material including arms & ammunition were recovered from the spot. All these materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crimes.

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