Two militants killed as gunfight ends in Shopian

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SHOPIAN — Two militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) were killed in an encounter with government forces in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Monday, officials said.

They said a joint team of Army’s 1st RR, 44 RR, 178 battalion of CRPF and SOG laid a siege at Khojpora area of Reban during the intervening night of March 8 and 9.

A police spokesperson said that the cordon-and-search operation was launched following specific inputs about the presence of militants hiding in the village.

“During the search operation, hiding militants tried to break the cordon by firing indiscriminately upon the search parties. The troops immediately took cover and retaliated,” he said, adding, that during the retaliation, the hiding militants were neutralized.

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The slain were identified as Shabir Ahmad Malik alias Abu Maviya, who was active since December 2017 and Amir Ahmad Dar of Wadina Melhoura, who was active since 2019.

During searches, one AK-47, one UBGL, one AK-47 magazine, one Chinese pistol, one magazine of Chinese pistol and five 9mm live rounds were recovered from the encounter site, he said.

In this connection case, “FIR No. 11/2020 U/S: 16, 18, 19 ULA (P) Act, 7/27, I Arms Act, 307 IPC” has been registered in Police Station Zainapora and the investigation is set into motion, he said.

A resident of Tungduno Yaripora, Shabir, according to the spokesman, was a Pakistan-trained militant and was involved in various militant related cases in south Kashmir including case FIR No. 22/2018 U/S: 13, 20 ULA (P) Act; FIR No. 73/2019 U/S 13 ULA (P) Act, 506 RPC, 7/25 I Arms Act; FIR No. 17/2019 U/S: 13, 18, 19, 38 39 ULA (P) Act of Police Station Yaripora of district Kulgam.

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Both the militants were involved in case FIR No. 58/2019 U/St-16 ULA (P) Act, 436 RPC, 7/25 I A Act of Police Station Zainapora in district Shopian, he said.

He said people are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any.

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