At least two militants dead in Shopian encounter, local boy killed in crossfire

Shopian encounter LIVE UPDATES: The encounter comes at a time when the number of ceasefire violations by the Pakistani side along the LoC has already reached 134 according to the Ministry of Defence data.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 24, 2018 10:25:45 pm
Security forces combating the militants in Shopian. (Photo: ANI)

At least two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Dairoo’s Chaigund area in Shopian district on Wednesday. A local boy was also killed in the crossfire, while two women sustained injuries. The security forces have launched cordon and search operations in the area. Additional troops have been sent in as reinforcements for the operation. “In an encounter today at Saigund Shopian, two terrorists have been neutralised and weapons have been recovered. Unfortunately one boy was also killed in the cross-fire and two ladies sustained injuries. Search is still going on,” tweeted SP Vaid, Director-General of Jammu and Kashmir.

As per the latest PTI reports, clashes between the protesters and the security forces were going on intermittently. The Shopian encounter comes at a time when the number of ceasefire violations by the Pakistani side along the LoC has already reached 134 according to the Ministry of Defence data. The month of January is likely to witness the highest number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan in the last 14 years. A total of 860 ceasefire violations were recorded in 2017.

(With inputs from ANI, PTI)

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