Two militants killed in Sopore gunfight

Two militants killed in Sopore gunfight
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Several houses damaged, a dozen youths injured in clashes

Sopore: Two militants were killed on Friday in a gunfight with government forces in Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Police had not yet confirmed their identity but local sources said that one of them was a local and the other a Pakistani.
Government forces including army’s 22RR, SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police, and paramilitary CRPF cordoned off Warpora village of Sopore Thursday night after receiving information of presence of a group of militants, police said. As the forces reached Astan Mohla in Warpora village and zeroed in on some houses, hiding militants opened fire which led to a brief gunfight during the night, police said.
The operation was later suspended for the night and lights were installed through generators to keep watch on the area.
On Friday morning, firing again broke out and continued till afternoon. Two militants were killed in the gunfight and their bodies recovered along with arms and ammunition, government forces said. The identity of the militants had not been ascertained yet, a senior army officer said.
Eyewitnesses said that in the afternoon some youths took to the streets and hurled stones and rocks at the government forces. Clashes continued throughout the day and about a dozen youths sustained injuries, locals said, adding that several houses were damaged during the gunfight.
Mobile internet services were suspended in police district Sopore throughout the day. The authorities also imposed Section 144 in Sopore to forbid public assembly.
All shops and other business centres remained closed in Sopore town and nearby areas on Friday.