Terrorists, 2 Army Personnel Killed In Encounter In Jammu And Kashmir's Shopian

Forces carry out searches for militants in north Kashmir’s Bandipora where two police officers were wounded after being shot

Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Muneer Khan, said of three militants killed in Shopian during an encounter, one is Yasin Itoo, the Hizbul Mujahideen's operational chief.

The official twitter handle of J&K police re-tweeted a statement made by DIG of police CKR in this regard. One of the longest surviving militant commanders, he had joined militancy in 1997.

Security forces had laid a cordon in the area following a tip-off to the local police. Earlier there was some confusion about his identity and it was presumed that Adil Malik was killed in the gun-battle at Avneera village in Shopian that began on Saturday evening.

Five soldiers were injured in the gunfight on Saturday night and had to be evacuated to 92 Base Hospital of the Army for treatment. Two soldiers later succumbed to injuries. He said he was also involved in bank robbery case of PS Yaripora.

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Irate crowds clashed with the security forces at several places in the area during and after the encounter.

He said Irfan-ul-Haq was involved in many cases including grenade attacks and firing on security personnel. The police responded by firing tear gas shells and pellets. Over a dozen civilians were injured as the security forces fired live ammunition to quell the stone-pelting mobs.

Internet services have been blocked in Badgam district following the identification of Itoo among the slain militants. At the time of withdrawal of the CASO party from the encounter site, the militants fired indiscriminately upon army vehicles in which one person namely Mohammad Syed of Shopian was injured.

Two soldiers, who were killed in the encounter, are Sepoy Gawai Sumedh Waman and Sepoy Ilayaraja P, both 25 years old. Ilayaraja comes from Kandani village in Tamil Nadu whereas Waman was from Lonagra village in Maharashtra.

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