Two Soldiers Killed In Shopian, two Policemen Injured in Bandipora

Two Soldiers Killed In Shopian, two Policemen Injured in Bandipora

Two Soldiers Killed In Shopian, two Policemen Injured in Bandipora

Three terrorists of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen have been killed while two soldiers martyred in an encounter between security forces and terrorists in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.

Groups of people had earlier relocated to the encounter site and made repeated attempts to help the holed-up militants to escape the security dragnet, the witnesses and officials said. According to reports, two to three terrorists are believed to be trapped.

After an Indian soldier was martyred by the Pakistan Army in Jammu and Kashmir's Krishna Ghati, the defence expert on Sunday condemned the attack, stating that losing soldiers is a big loss to the country.

Hundreds of Indian soldiers surrounded Awneera, a village about 50km south of the main city of Srinagar, on Saturday night following a tip-off about fighters in the area, AFP news agency reported.

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He said as the forces were conducting the search operation, the militants fired upon them, resulting in injuries to two police personnel. Twelve youth who had sustained injuries were admitted to Zainapora hospital, while two persons with bullet injuries were shifted to Srinagar for specialized treatment. He had vanished from the militancy scene and was believed to be dead with the Hurriyat offering his in-absentia funeral prayers past year.

The police said there was information about presence of the militants in the area and the cordon was laid. This prompted the security forces to wait till dawn while keeping a tight cordon around the area before launching a major strike.

Many civilians were injured when troops resorted to pellet firing on the protesters.

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