Times of Kashmir

| 19 Jun 2019
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Civilian, militant killed in gun-battle in Shopian, ‘couple of militants escape’ says police

Reports Free Press Kashmir

Srinagar: A Gun battle broke out on Saturday evening after a joint team of army and SOG launched a cordon-and-search operation in Khudpora village of South Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Last night, dead body of a militant was recovered during searches at the site of the gunfight in Khudpora village of the district.

A police official said that second body was recovered today morning during searches which continued throughout the night.

One of two bodies recovered from the site of a gunfight in Shopian district on Sunday has been identified as that of a civilian, Shahid Ahmad Mir of Gagran village.


What the Police says:

Police and armed forces in Khudpora area of District Shopian, launched a cordon and search operation yesterday evening based on credible inputs about the presence of militants in the area.

As the search operation was going on, hiding militants fired on the search party. The fire was retaliated leading to an encounter.

Meanwhile following the SOP, civilians from the nearby area were evacuated to safer places.

In the ensuing encounter, hiding militants fired on security forces. Consequently post encounter during the search two dead bodies were recovered from the site of encounter. The killed militant has been identified as Mohd Irfan Bhat of Pulwama who was associated with HM outfit since June 2017.

The other one was identified as Shahid Mir who as per the police records was part of case FIR 201/2004 under section 7/25 Arms Act of police station Shopian for militancy related incident.

A couple of militants managed to escape from the site as blood trails have been seen at the site.

Moreover, the house where the encounter took place is intact albiet a hideout was found inside the house where militants were hiding.

Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter.

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