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Two militants killed in Sopore gunfight

Srinagar, Sep 25: Two militants were killed in a gunfight in Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Tuesday, army and police said.

“Two militants were killed in the operation,” said an army spokesman.

 

The gunfight broke out late Tuesday night in Tujjar village of Sopore after the forces launched a search operation.

Contact was established again Tuesday morning after a lull of several hours.

The identity of the slain militants was not immediately known.

Reports said that a joint team of army’s 22 RR, SOG and CRPF laid a siege around Nowpora area of Tujjer late last night following “specific” inputs about the presence of militants.

Soon after the cordon was laid, the militants hiding in the area opened fire upon the forces triggering off an encounter.

The militants according to reports first managed to break the cordon; however, forces extended the cordon and killed two militants.

Srinagar based Defense Spokesperson, while confirming the killing of two militants, said that operation was in progress.

Meanwhile, authorities Tuesday suspended the Internet service and closed all educational institutions in wake of the encounter in  Sopore.

Police issued a statement stating that a joint team of Police and army during the preceding night jointly launched a search operation based on credible inputs about the presence of militants at Nowpora area of Tujjer in Sopore.

A police spokesperson said that during the searches, hiding militants fired on the search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter.

“In the ensuing encounter, two militants were eliminated. The identity of the killed militants is being ascertained,” the spokesman said.

The spokesman said that some arms, ammunition and incriminating material has been recovered from the site of encounter.

Police has registered a case in this regard and the investigation has been initiated in the instant matter.