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Two terrorists killed in encounter with security forces in Shopian

SRINAGAR, FEB 25

Two unidentified terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, police said.

Acting on specific input about the presence of terrorists in Amshipora area of Shopian in south Kashmir, security forces launched a cordon and search operation there, a police official said.

The search operation turned into an encounter after the hiding terrorists fired upon the forces who retaliated, he said.

A police officer who was monitoring the operation said, “On the human input gathered by Jammu and Kashmir Police a joint team of forces launched a search operation in village Amshipora. As the searching party cordoned the suspected spot, the hiding terrorists fired upon them, which was retaliated and the encounter started”

This was the 16th anti-terror operation of this year and security have so far managed to kill 27 terrorists, including three top commanders and 8 Pakistani terrorists. Besides, the security forces have managed to arrest 14 active terrorists alive this year along with 23 terror associates.

In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were killed, the official said.

He said the identity and group affiliation of the slain ultras was being ascertained.

Meanwhile, Security forces Thursday arrested four overground workers of the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and recovered ammunition and explosives from them in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district, sources said.

A joint team of the Army’s Rashtriya Rifles (RR) unit and the CRPF launched a long range patrol in general area of Dool Dhar Jungle of Kishtwar, they said.

The spotted four persons moving from Dool towards Dool Dhar Jungle who on seeing the security forces tried to flee, they said.

Alert troops overpowered and detained the suspicious persons, they said.

On preliminary questioning, they disclosed their identity as Shafi, Fareed, Zubair and Ismaiel, they said.

During their personal search, troops recovered 2 Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) grenades, 120 live rounds of AK-47 rifle, two empty magazines of AK-47 rifle and posters of HM outfit, they said.

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