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Unidentified terrorists killed, in Shopian gunfight

Two anti-terrorist operations underway in Shopian, Bijbehara, 14-yr-old trapped in Shopian, family at spot to persuade him to surrender, say Officials

Srinagar: An unidentified terrorists has been killed while two Army jawans have been injured in an ongoing gunfight that raged between forces and terrorists in South Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Presently, two anti-terrorist operations are underway at Chitragam area of Shopian and Simthan village of Bijbehara area in Anantnag district of South Kashmir, officials said Saturday. They told that at Simthan, Bijbehara, there was no fresh contact with the terrorists after the first exchange of fire, while a massive search operation was going on.

Officials said that an encounter broke out between terrorists security forces in orchards of Chitragam area in Shopian district. A top official told that one terrorists has been killed and two Army personnel have been injured in the gunfight.

The gunfight broke out in the area after a joint team of Police, Army’s 34 RR and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of terrorists in the area, an official said.

He said that as the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding terrorists fired upon them, which was retaliated, thus triggering an encounter.

A senior police officer also confirmed the exchange of fire between forces and terrorists.

As per the sources, two to three terrorists are believed to be trapped in the area. “Intermittent exchange was going on till this report was filed,” the official said.

An official said that a 14-year-old boy, who was missing for the last couple of days, is also trapped at the gunfight site, saying that the family of the boy has been called to persuade him to surrender.

Meanwhile, the second encounter broke out in orchards of Simthan village of Bijbehara area in South Kashmir’s Kulgam. An official said that a joint team of Police, Army’s 3 RR and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation on specific information about the presence of terrorists in the area.

 

Notably, the two fresh encounters took place just a day after seven terrorists including a AGH Chief were killed in two separate encounters at Jan Mohalla Shopian and Nowbugh Tral.

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