Shopian operation continues as two jawans martyred, three terrorists killed

13 August, 2017, 23:24 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Hizbul commander, 2 others killed in Shopian encounter

Two soldiers have been killed and three others, including a captain, have been injured in an encounter with terrorists in South Kashmir's Shopian district, on Sunday.

Police officials said that the security forces were conducting a search operation when the militants opened fire at them.

In another incident, three security personnel, including two policemen and an army soldier, sustained injuries when militants fired at a cordon laying party in Hajin area of Bandipora district on Sunday.

Security forces had laid a cordon in the area following a tip-off to the local police.

The neutralisation of Itoo, reported as the chief of operations in Hizbul, comes as a major success for the forces.

The fighting erupted Saturday after Indian troops raided southern Awneera village on a tip that at least seven rebels fighting New Delhi's rule over Kashmir were hiding there, said top police officer S.P. Vaid.

A youth Identified as Mohammad Sayed Bhat was critically injured in Shopian clashes and was shifted to SMHS hospital Srinagar for treatment. Police also said that the Itoo and two others were involved in a number of anti-national and militancy-related activities. All three terrorists holed up were killed.

In occupied Kashmir, a 26-year-old youth who was injured by the firing of Indian troops at Shopian succumbed at Srinagar hospital.

Personnel from 55 Rashtriya Rifles, special operations group of police and Central Reserve Police Force are jointly taking part in the ongoing operation, the KMS said. However, many were injured during the protests which turned in to clashes as government forces resorted to tear gas shelling and pellet firing. The slain Armymen have been identified as Tamil Nadu's Ilayaraja P, and Gawai Sumedh Waman from Maharashtra.



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