Srinagar: Police on Thursday issued a following statement regarding the Sopore encounter said that in Checkipora area of Sheikhpora Sopore today, Police and security forces jointly launched a search operation based on credible inputs about the presence of militants in the area.
A police spokesperson in a statement said that during the searches, militants fired on the search party. Initially, civilians were evacuated from the encounter site to the safer areas before engaging the militants in an encounter.
“In the ensuing encounter, two militants were eliminated. Some arms, ammunition and incriminating material was recovered from the site of the encounter,” the spokesman said.
“The killed militants have been identified as Ali alias Athar and Zia-ur-Rehman from Pakistan,affiliated with militant outfit JeM. Ali was one of the important commanders of JeM and was active since 2014. He was the mastermind of the Sopore IED blast in which four policemen were killed. Besides, both of them were involved in attacks on security force establishments and civilian,” said Police spokesman.