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Two JeM militants killed in Shopian encounter

Srinagar, Feb 27: Two militants affiliated with Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) were killed in an encounter that raged between forces and militants in South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Wednesday.

The gunfight broke out after forces launched a search operation in Memender area of Shopian district following specific information about the presence of militants there.

 

The search party as per police was fired upon by the hiding militants, which was retaliated, thus leading to a gunfight that left two militants Jaish dead.

Police identified one among the slain militants as Suhail Nazir Mir, son of Nazir Ahmad Mir of Saidapora Payeen, Shopian, adding that another slain is a foreigner.

Police spokesman said as per the police records, both the slain militants were involved in “conspiring and executing several attacks and were wanted by the law for their complicity in a series of crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities.”

“Due to the efforts of Police and security forces, it was a clean operation and no collateral damage happened during the encounter,” the spokesman said.

Incriminating material including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter and have been taken into case records to probe their complicity in other crimes, police said, adding that a case has been registered and investigation in the matter has also been initiated.

Meanwhile, police urged locals not venture inside 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 explosive materials if any,” police said.