Two soldiers martyred, three injured in encounter with terrorists in JK's Shopian

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

As such the joint team of forces intensified the combing operation, the militants opened fire while trying to break the cordon triggering off an encounter.

An encounter occurred between security forces and terrorists in Awneera village of Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian on Saturday evening.

Three to four terrorists, including a commander, are believed to be trapped, while two are suspected to have been killed. As per reports 12 persons were injured during the clashes near the encounter site.

"We can't speculate about the identity or number of militants trapped at the spot".

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The sources said the cordon-and-search operation was launched following inputs about the presence of militants including Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Zakir Musa, the head of "Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind", the Al-Qaida's India cell.

One person was injured when a petrol bomb was thrown at Badyari Chowk in Srinagar, police said.

On Friday, villagers poured out of their homes and pelted stones after security forces cordoned off the village of Zakir Musa, the chief of Jammu and Kashmir's Al Qaeda affiliate, officials said.

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