Armyman who turned militant among two killed in J&K encounter

Armyman who turned militant among two killed in J&K encounter

"Two terrorists killed in the operation. The operation is over. No collateral damage has been reported. Identity is being confirmed," the J&K police said on Twitter.

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A police Spokesperson had earlier informed about the exchange of fire between the security forces and the militants in Zainpora area.  (File photo)

Two militants, including one who had previously served in the Army, were killed in an encounter in Kashmir’s Shopian district Tuesday.

Police said both militants were affiliated with the Hizbul Mujahideen. They have been identified as Idrees Sultan and Amir Hussain Rather. Police said Idrees was a former Armyman, and had joined the militants earlier this year.

Officials said the gunbattle broke out early morning in the Safanagri area of Shopian’s Zainapora. A J&K Police spokesperson said police and security forces launched a cordon and search operation in predawn hours. “As the search operation was going on, the terrorists fired on the search party. The fire was retaliated, leading to an encounter,” he said. In the encounter, the two militants were killed, they said, adding that the two were involved in attacks on security establishments. “They were affiliated with HM and were involved in terror attacks on security establishments,” he said.

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