Police on Saturday said that five militants were killed during an encounter with government forces in South Kashmir’s Shopian district.
The spokesman in a statement said that “in Kiloora area of District Shopian, Security Forces yesterday night jointly launched searches after it was able to track a group of militants in the area.
During the search, militants hiding inside a house fired on the search party. The fire was retaliated thereby establishing contact with the militants leading to an encounter.
In the ensuing encounter, five militants were killed. The identity of the killed militants is being ascertained.
Initially, it came across that one civilian had lost his life in cross firing but subsequent investigation confirmed that no such civilian death had occurred and reports pertaining to the civilian death were inaccurate. Pertinently the encounter later took place in an open area as the hiding militants, taking advantage of darkness came out of the house and fired indiscriminately on Security Forces.
Arms and ammunition were also seized from the site of encounter. Police have registered a case and initiated an investigation into the matter.