Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants killed in Shopian

The operation was on till late in the night, as the Army had information of one more militant hiding in the region, sources said.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Published:October 23, 2015 1:36 am

In a joint operation by the Army and the Jammu and Kashmir Police, two Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed at Manjempora village in south Kashmir’s Shopian area on Thursday.

The operation was on till late in the night, as the Army had information of one more militant hiding in the region, sources said.

On Wednesday, the Army had gunned down another Hizb militant in Kunzer area of Baramulla.

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“The operation was launched at 1815 hours today in a residential area of the village. As the operation progressed to track down militants whose presence had been reported Thursday morning, contact was established and a gun battle ensued in which two militants were killed,” a defence spokesperson said. The spokesman said care was taken to ensure the safety of the area’s residents and to cause them minimum inconvenience.

The two militants have been identified as Adil Khandey of Barabug, Immamsahab, and Irshad Ahmed Sheikh of Malader, Ahgam. Both were active in the area for the past many months and were associated with Hizb commander Burhan Wani.

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