2 militants killed in Shopian encounter in Kashmir

Internet service stopped in the area, more details awaited

Srinagar,  May 12:

Two militants are believed killed in an ongoing encounter between security forces and a group of militants in south Kashmir’s Shopian on Sunday.

An official said encounter broke out during a predawn operation of security forces at Hend Satioora village.

“Militants opened fire when security forces zeroed in on their hiding place. Two to three militants were hiding in the area. We believe two militants were killed but the bodies are yet to be recovered,” said the official.

Preliminary reports suggest the militants believed to be trapped included Basharat Ahmad of Nikloora and Tariq Ahmad of Khasipora. Both belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba. Ahmad was a special police officer before joining militancy on April 26 when he decamped with the service rifle.

However, the police have not divulged any details about the identity of the trapped militants so far.

Meanwhile, internet service has been stopped in the area as a precautionary measure.

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