2 militants killed, another arrested

ESS AHMAD. Dated: 9/10/2017 11:12:59 PM

SHOPIAN, Sep 10: The encounter that started at Barbugh village of southern Shopian district on Saturday evening ended with the killing of two local militants and arrest of their third associate.
The encounter had started at around 6.00 PM Saturday after the forces including army and Special Operations Group (SOG) of police laid a siege to the village following an input about the presence of militants there. As the forces were surrounding the target area, militants opened fire on them which was retaliated triggering a gunfight. While, one of the militants identified as Altaf Ahmad Rather from Awneera Zainpora was killed in the initial exchange of fire, two of his associates were trapped in a house. The heavy exchange of fire continued till late evening amid clashes between the forces and youth. The forces had later suspended the operation and tightened the siege to ensure that the militants don't escape.
Official and local sources said that the fresh firing near the encounter site began this morning after the forces advanced towards the house for conducting searches. They said that as the fresh firing started, forces razed the house to the ground, killing another militant. He was identified as Tariq Ahmad Dar of Barbugh Shopian. The third militant, Adil Ahmad Dar, sources said, rose from the rubble of the house and was apprehended by the forces along with his weapon. He, they said, was soon whisked away in a forces vehicle for interrogation.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police for southern Kashmir, S P Pani said that the militants belonged to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. The police officer also confirmed that one of the militants was caught alive near the gunfight site. The apprehended militant had joined militant ranks three months ago while as the slain were active for last over a year.
A police official said that one of the slain Tariq Ahmad was involved in attacks on security forces convoy and a cop in Imamsahab area.
Thousands of people, witnesses said, participated in the funeral prayers of the slain militants in their respective villages.
Reports said that as the news about the killing of the duo spread in their respective areas, people from different villages started rushing towards their native places to attend the funeral.



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