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Sopore encounter: Two Lashkar militants shot dead, operation underway

Two militants were neutralised in an encounter with security forces in the Sopore township of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday, the police said. The slain militants are believed to be of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Jammu [Updated:04 Sep 2017, 12:33 PM IST]
Sopore encounter: Two Lashkar militants shot dead
Sopore encounter: Two Lashkar militants shot deadPhoto:PTI

Two militants were neutralised in an encounter with security forces in the Sopore township of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday, the police said. The slain militants are believed to be of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit.

The security forces got specific intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in Check-e-Brath area of Sopore, following which they launched a cordon and search operation there, a police official said. 

As the forces were conducting the search operation, the militants fired on them. The forces retaliated, resulting in an encounter in which two militants were gunned down. One AK-47 and a pistol were recovered from the slain militants.

More terrorists are believed to have been trapped in the area and the encounter is currently underway. Search operations are also being conducted. 

On September 1, one jawan was martyred and at least four others were injured when militants attacked a bus carrying security personnel near Pantha Chowk area of Srinagar. 

Last month, the security forces had gunned down Hizbul Mujahideen’s top operational commander for Kashmir Yasin Itoo alias Mehmood Ghaznavi, along with two other militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district. 

On August 1, the security forces, in a big blow to the LeT, had gunned down its divisional commander Abu Dujana after a seven-hour gunfight in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. 

The mastermind behind the Pampore and Udhampur attacks, Dujana was killed after an intelligence tip-off that he was to visit Rukiya, allegedly his wife, in Hakripora village in Pulwama.