Militant Killed, Army Jawan Injured as Two Gunfights Break Out in South Kashmir

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Two encounters reportedly broke out between security forces and militants in south Kashmir on Saturday evening. While one gun battle is underway in Bijbehara area of Anantnag, another has simultaneously broken out in Shopian’s Hadipora area. The two gunfights come a day after seven militants were killed in Kashmir on Friday in two separate encounters, in Pulwama and Shopian districts of south Kashmir.

In the south Kashmir district of Shopian, police said security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in the Hadipora area based on specific information about the presence of militants. As the forces conducted the searches, militants fired upon them, ensuing an encounter, the official said. One militant has been killed in the encounter, while an army jawan has been injured. The exchange of fire is underway and further details are awaited, the official added.

Meanwhile, another gunfight erupted in Anantnag district, the official said. The gunfight broke out at Semthan in Bijbehara area of the south Kashmir district after security forces launched a cordon and search operation based on an intelligence input about the presence of militants, the official said.

On Friday morning, security forces began operation in Nowbugh Tral area of Awantipora, killing two militants. In another encounter, three militants were killed and two security force personnel were injured in an encounter with militants in South Kashmir’s Shopian, police said. A joint team of police, army and CRPF personnel launched a cordon-and-search operation in the locality following information about the presence of militants there.

After two militants managed to get into a mosque on Thursday as the encounter was on, the forces sent the brother of a militant, a local Imam and the head cleric of the masjid to persuade them to lay their arms and surrender.

The security forces claimed that with these two encounters, they “wiped out” the al Qaeda-inspired Ansar Ghazwat-ul-hind (AGH) terror group from Kashmir Valley. Dilbag Singh, director general of Jammu and Kashmir Police, said the terrorists were killed in Shopian and Tral. “Both operations are over. Five terrorists in the first and two in the second operation have been neutralised,” Singh told News18.

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