Two militants killed in Shopian encounter
Army claims foiling of BAT attack in Tanghdar
Srinagar: Two unidentified militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Wednesday, police said.
Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the Chakura area of Shopian district following information about the presence of militants there, a police officer said.
He said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants opened fire at security forces’ positions.
He said two militants have been killed in the operation. The identity and group affiliation of the slain militants were being ascertained.
Later a police spokesman in a statement said that incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter.
“All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crimes,” he said, adding that the last rites of the slain militants shall be performed after conducting their medico-legal formalities including collection of DNA.
“In case any family claims the slain militants to be their kith or kin, they can come forward for their identification at PCR Kashmir Srinagar and participation in last rites at Handwara,” the police spokesman said.
He said that people are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any.
Meanwhile, the Army said that it has foiled suspected BAT action from Pakistani side along the Line of Control in Tangdhar sector of north Kashmir.
“Suspected BAT (Border Action Team) action bid foiled in Tangdhar. Today early morning, suspicious activity was observed of 3-4 intruders by alert troops, close to forward post along LoC,” the Srinagar-based Chinar Corps said in a tweet.
It said timely action by alert troops averted the infiltration bid.
“Area search and surveillance (is) under progress,” it added. (with inputs from PTI)