Two Hizbul militants killed in Sopore

Two Hizbul militants killed in Sopore

Two local Hizbul Mujahideen militants, responsible for a grenade attack on the police on Wednesday evening, were killed in an encounter with the security forces on Thursday.

The encounter took place in the Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Two soldiers were also wounded in the gunfight.

A police officer said that a joint party of the army’s 22 Rashtriya Rifles and the Special Operations Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police launched a search operation after receiving information about the presence of militants in the Nathipora area of Sopore, 52 km from here, in the early hours of the day.

“As the search party intensified the combing operation, the hiding militants threw a grenade and opened indiscriminate fire on them, resulting in injuries to the two army men. In the retaliatory action, both the militants were killed,” he said, adding that two AK-47 rifles and other ammunition were recovered from the site.

In the grenade attack, which was aimed at a police station in Sopore, four policemen had been injured on Wednesday evening.

State police chief Shesh Pal Vaid said the person who had thrown the grenade was identified with the help of CCTV footage and the description provided by the policemen who were attacked. Vaid said the person was picked up and interrogated, and he led the police to the terrorists.

While most of the encounters in the recent months have been happening in the southern districts of Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama, a senior police officer said that north Kashmir has more militants active on the ground.

“Contrary to what is being projected in the media that south Kashmir is the hotbed of militancy, figures reveal that the north has more active militants. The militants in the north are mostly foreigners,” he told DH.

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