Army de­serter among 2 Hizb ul­tras killed in Shopian en­counter


Two Hizbul Mu­jahideen (HM) mil­i­tants, in­clud­ing an Army de­serter, were on Tues­day killed in a gun­fight at Saf­na­gri Zaina Pora in south Kash­mir's Shopian district.

The gun­fight erupted when po­lice and se­cu­rity forces launched a cor­don and search op­er­a­tion in the predawn hours in the vil­lage based on "cred­i­ble in­puts about the pres­ence of mil­i­tants in the area." "As the search op­er­a­tion was go­ing on, hid­ing ter­ror­ists fired on the search party. The fire was re­tal­i­ated lead­ing to an en­counter. In the en­su­ing en­counter, two ter­ror­ists were killed," a po­lice spokesman said.

The slain mil­i­tants have been iden­ti­fied as Mo­ham­mad Idrees Sul­tan, alias Chota Abrar, of Safana­gri Shopian and Amir Hus­sain Rather, alias Abu Sobaan, of Awneera Shopian. The two were as­so­ci­ated with Hizbul Mu­jahideen.

"The two were in­volved in ter­ror at­tacks on se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ments and many other civil­ian atroc­i­ties in the area," he said.

Idrees had joined mil­i­tancy ear­lier this year while he was on leave. Prior to join­ing mil­i­tancy he was posted in Bi­har and was part of Army's 12 Jammu and Kash­mir Light In­fantry ( JAKLI) reg­i­ment.

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