Five militants Killed in Shopian; Police, refute civilian killing

Five militants Killed in Shopian; Police, refute civilian killing
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Srinagar: Police on Saturday refuted their own earlier statement and said that only five militants were killed in the gunfight at Killora village of Shopian district.

In Kiloora area of District Shopian, Forces yesterday night jointly launched searches after it was able to track a group of militants in the area, police said in a statement.

During the search, militants hiding inside a house fired on the search party. The fire was retaliated thereby establishing contact with the militants leading to an encounter, police sad.

“In the ensuing encounter, five militants were killed,” police statement said.

“Initially it came across that one civilian had lost his life in cross firing but subsequent investigation confirmed that no such civilian death had occurred and reports pertaining to the civilian death were inaccurate,” police said while refuting their earlier statement.

“Pertinently the encounter later took place in an open area as the hiding militants, taking advantage of darkness came out of the house and fired indiscriminately on Security Forces,” police statement added.

Arms and ammunition were also seized from the site of encounter, police said.