J-K: Four militants killed in Shopian encounter; 9 in last 24 hours

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By: Express News Service | Srinagar | Updated: June 8, 2020 8:51:17 am

Nine militants have been killed in the two operations. (Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi/File)

Four militants were killed and two security personnel were injured in an encounter in South Kashmir’s Shopian on Monday morning. This is the second encounter in Shopian in the last 24 hours. Nine militants have been killed in the two operations.

“The identity and affiliation is being ascertained. The operation is over,” a senior police officer said.

The gunfight comes a day after five militants were killed in an encounter in Reban village of Shopian district on Sunday. IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar told The Indian Express: “We have killed five terrorists in today’s operation in Shopian. It was a clean operation. Such operations will continue.”

The identities of the militants have not yet been disclosed but police said they probably belonged to the Hizbul Mujahideen and one of them was likely a top commander.

Police officers said that based on an input about the presence of militants in the area, a cordon-and-search operation was launched in Reban area of Shopian. While a search was on, militants opened fire at the security forces, triggering a gunbattle around 8.30 am.

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