The ministry did not say whether the suspected militants were connected to Friday's attack, but said its forces killed 30 people during raids on their hideouts in Giza where it said "terrorist elements" were planning a series of attacks targeting state institutions and the tourism industry.
This was the second big success for security forces in two days, with six militants killed in an encounter Friday. Police claimed that the militants who died in Shopian included men behind the killing of an Armyman, Lt Umar Fayaz, in 2017.
The former Special Police Officer (SPO) of the J&K Police was killed after being abducted along with two other Shopian residents. While the two civilians were released, the bullet-ridden body of Bashaarat Ahmad was found in Nikloora area of Pulwama.
Five days after the Ramzan ceasefire came into effect, the valley has witnessed a series of militant attacks on security forces while cross-border shelling by Pakistan continues risking the lives of security personnel as well as villagers living beside the Pakistan border.
The attack on a village sarpanch and the killing of a retired DSP in south Kashmir has set alarm bells ringing in the security establishment, especially as the incidents come amid reports of more than 30 local youths from the region joining militant ranks in the last few months. On Wednesday, two bike-borne youths shot […]