Baramulla: Two militants were killed in a gunfight with government forces at Amargarh area of Sopore on Saturday.
A police spokesman said the police intercepted a vehicle near Amargarh after “receiving information that militants were travelling in a vehicle and were planning some terrorist action in Sopore”.
“While being challenged, terrorists lobbed a grenade and fired upon police party in which superintendent of police operation Shafqat Hussain and sub-inspector of police Mohammad Murtaza were injured. In the retaliatory action two militants were killed whose identity is being ascertained,” the spokesman said in a statement.
The deceased militants are Azharuddin Khan alias Ghazi Umar of Tiras village in Kupwara and Sajad Ahmad Lone alias Babar of Bomai, Sopore.
Police said 2 AK-47 rifles, a pistol and 4 hand grenades were recovered from the deceased militants.
Sajad of Eidipora Bomai Sopore was an active militant of HM who had gone to Pakistan in March 2016 on passport and infiltrated to take command of HM in Sopore.
People from several villages of Zainageer hit the roads and shouted pro-freedom slogans.
Tens of hundreds of people marched from Khan’s native village, Nutnussa, towards Handwara police station where his body had been taken. The mourners were shouting pro-Islam and pro-freedom slogans while waiting for the militant’s body, which was later handed over to the family. His last rites will be performed on Sunday morning.