Militants killed in Shopian gunfight identified

Three militants killed in an encounter with government forces in Awneera village of Shopian district have been identified.

“The slain militants belonged to Hizbul mujahideen militant outfit, and are identified as  Irfan Sheikh of Maldera Shopian,Umar Majeed of Katpora Kulgam and Adil Malik resident of Malikgund Killora Shopian” Police said.

The encounter started yesterday around 5:30 pm after forces launched search operation in the area.

Soon after forces cordoned off the area militants fired upon them triggering an encounter. Two army men were killed and four others injured in the gun battle.

“Three militants , two security personnel  killed , while three other army men  were also  injured.  ”  J&K DGP SP Vaid said in a tweet.

Meanwhile clashes between youth and security forces were going on in the area.

More details awaited.

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