Shopian Gunfight: Slain Militants Identified

SRINAGAR: Two militants killed in a gunfight with the counter-insurgent forces in Kilbal village of Shopian were affiliated with The Resistance Front (TRF), a shadow affiliate of the LeT, an official said.

A police spokesman in a statement said that based on a specific input generated by Police regarding the presence of militants in village Kilbal area of Shopian, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Ganderbal/Shopian Police, 34RR & 178Bn CRPF in the said area.

“During the search operation, as the joint search party proceeded towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated effectively leading to an encounter,” said the spokesman.

“In the ensuing encounter, two militants of proscribed outfit LeT (TRF) were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter. They have been identified as Sameer Ahmad Shah son of Nazir Ahmad Shah resident of Dhangam Shopian and Rayees Ahmad Mir son of Mohd Ashraf Mir Takiya Wahgam Pulwama,” he said.

“As per police records, both the killed militants were part of a group involved in several criminal cases including attacks on security forces and civilian atrocities,” he added.

“Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation,” he added further.

Police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated, said the spokesman.

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