Shopian: Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in an overnight gun-battle with government forces in a village in this south Kashmir district.
Around midnight, army’s 1 RR, special operations group (SOG) of police and the personnel of CRPF 178 battalion laid a cordon around Safnagri village of Zainpora here and started a cordon and search operation (CASO) , official sources told Kashmir Reader on Tuesday.
When the joint team started advances, the militants hiding in a residential house opened fire at the forces in a bid to escape from their dragnet. The government forces, official sources said returned the fire triggering off a fierce gunfight.
In the ensuing encounter that continued till dawn, two Hizb militants were killed.
They have been identified as Amir Amin of Awneera and Idrees Ahmad of Safnagri.
Ahmad, official sources said was a soldier turned militant. He joined militant ranks on April 15 this year when he had come to his home on leave.
Meanwhile, a police spokesperson said that the two slain militants were involved in attacks on security establishments in the area.
“Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. Police has registered a case and initiated investigation in the instant matter,” the police spokesperson said.
He urged residents not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials.
“People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials, if any” the spokesperson added.