Two Hizbul militants slain in Shopian village

Two Hizbul militants slain in Shopian village
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One of them was in the army when he deserted to join militants on April 15 this year

Shopian: Government forces killed two Hizbul Mujahideen militants in an overnight gun-battle at Safnagri village in Shopian district on Tuesday. The slain duo was identified by police as Idrees Ahmad (Chota Abrar) of Safnagri and Amir Amin (Abu Shoban) of Awneera. Both were killed some 300 meters from the house of Idrees. Both the militants were killed in an open space with no damage to any property during the gunfight.
A police officer said that Idrees Ahmad was in the army when he deserted ranks and became a Hizbul militant on April 15 this year. He had come home on leave at that time.
At about midnight of Monday, army’s 1 RR, police’s special operations group (SOG), and paramilitary troops of CRPF 178 Battalion laid a cordon around Safnagri village in Zainpora area, official sources told Kashmir Reader.
When the joint team of forces started advances, militants hiding in a residential house opened fire in a bid to escape, officials said. The government forces returned the fire, triggering a fierce gunfight in the night.
Police sources told Kashmir Reader that the two militants were killed in a brief exchange of gunfire. They said that the gunfight took place at about 2:30am. The cordon was lifted from the village in the morning at 6:30am.
Villagers told Kashmir Reader that people were in deep slumber after returning exhausted from their orchards, where snowfall on Sunday had caused heavy damage. Villagers said that government forces conducted searches in a couple of houses but they found nothing.
“Then they laid an ambush at some distance from the residential houses. When militants come out of the house they were hiding in, the forces shot at and killed them,” a local resident said, adding that the firing lasted for about five to eight minutes.
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 spokesperson said.
The police requested locals to not venture inside the encounter zone as it 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 police spokesperson said.