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J&K: Three militants killed in encounter with security forces in Sopore

A police official said that the forces had launched a cordon and search operation around midnight in Reban area of Sopore town in the wake of information about militant presence in the area.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 12, 2020 8:52:20 pm
Last week, three members of a family, all linked to the BJP, were killed in a militant attack on Wednesday evening in North Kashmir’s Bandipore. (Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi/File)

Hours after an encounter broke out between militants and security forces in Sopore area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, three militants were eliminated Sunday, news agency PTI reported.

According to the Police, the encounter started at the Rebbaan area of Sopore.

A police official told PTI that the forces had launched a cordon and search operation around midnight in Reban area of Sopore town in the wake of information about militant presence in the area.

The search operation turned into an encounter in the wee hours of Sunday when the hiding militants opened fire at the security forces which was retaliated. The official added that arms and ammunition have been recovered from the site of the encounter.

Last week, three members of a family, all linked to the BJP, were killed in a militant attack on Wednesday evening in North Kashmir’s Bandipore, leading to the arrest of their entire security detail. The attack happened right outside the Bandipore Police Station, when the three were at the family shop, run out of their home. The dead included a member of the BJP state executive committee, Sheikh Waseem Bari, 27, and his father Sheikh Bashir Ahmad and brother Sheikh Umar, who were also office-bearers of the party.

The police later said that the Lashkar-e-Taiba was behind the attack. Speaking to reporters in Bandipore, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said they had identified the two militants involved in the attack. “One of them is Abid (a local militant) and another is a foreigner,” he said.

In another encounter, a militant and an Army soldier were killed while two security forces personnel were injured in a gunbattle in South Kashmir’s Pulwama last week.

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