Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in an encounter in the Nathi Pora area of Sopore in Jammu and Kashmir early Thursday morning. Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, S P Vaid, identified them as Aijaz and Basharat. The militants were holed up in a house in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. They opened fire on the forces triggering the gun-battle.
“The security forces laid a cordon around the area. As they were closing in on the house where the militants were hiding, they opened fire. The security forces retaliated leading to death of the two militants,” the DGP said. Authorities received information on the hiding militants after interrogating two persons, who attacked a police deployment part in Sopore town the day before. The two who attacked police, had done so at the behest of those hiding in Sopore.
“Yesterday, a grenade attack was carried out on a police deployment party in Sopore town in which four policemen were injured,” Vaid was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. “The description of assailants and CCTV footage helped in identifying and arresting two persons, including one who had hurled the grenade at the police party.”
Two AK rifles were recovered along with five AK magazines. Apart from these, Rs 2, 000 cash and two rubber stamps were also found among other things.
The encounter comes barely a week after Sabzar Bhatt, Burhan Wani’s successor was gunned down and six other militants were killed in a separate incident.