Srinagar: At least two militants were killed during a brief shoot out with government forces in south Kashmir’ Shopian district, police sources said.
“Following a brief shoot out in the orchard area of Gahand village the two militants were killed,” sources said.
Giving details about the encounter, sources said on a tip off about the presence of militants, troops of Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF launched a joint search operation at village Gahand, Shopian early Saturday morning.
The slain militants were identified as Abid Wagay resident of Rawalpora Shopian and Shahjahan Mir resident of Amshepora Shopian.
The police said both the militants belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit.
The police said both the killed militants were involved in the abduction and subsequent killings of civilians Firdous Ahmad of Batgund and Nissar Ahmad of Kapran and policeman Balwant Singh of Batgund last year in 2018.
“They were also involved in the killing of lady Khusboo Jan at Viel Shopian earlier this year. Moreover both were also involved in killing of a civilian Tanveer Ahmad of Bemnipora at Kachdoora in Shopian. Both of them were also involved in arson and setting ablaze of Panchayat Ghars at Kanjiullar and Ramnagar,” police said.
Police said Shahjahan was also involved in snatching of weapons and killing of four police personnel at Arhama Shopian near petrol pump last year in 2018.
“He was also involved in attack on Police Station Shopian in which one cop Saqib Mohi-ud-Din was killed while he was also involved in the abduction and killing of a young boy Huzaif Ashraf Kuttay resident of Manzgam D.H Pora,” the police said