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Shopian encounter: Two more militants killed, toll 3, search on

Jahangeer Ganaie

Shopian Apr 11 (KNO) : Two more militants have been killed in an encounter between government forces and militants in orchards of Chitragam Kalan area of South Kashmir’s Shopian taking the toll of killed militants to three.

A senior police officer told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that three unidentified militants have been killed whose identification is being ascertained while as operation is on in the area.

He said that militants turned down repeated surrender offers given to them by government forces.

He added that despite hectic efforts of security forces and the family of minor from Chitragam, the minor wasn’t first allowed by other trapped militant to come out for surrender and later Faisal himself rejected surrender offers.

Earlier an official said that a joint team of Police, Army’s 34 RR and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in the area.

He said that as the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, which was retaliated, triggering an encounter.

Pertinently, 34 militants have been killed in J&K so far this year and most of them belong to Shopian district.

Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, internet services have been snapped in Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag districts—(KNO)

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