4 militants killed in encounter in Kashmir’s Shopian
Four militants were killed in an encounter with security forces on Monday morning in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said.
The encounter began after a team of security forces including the army, CRPF and the police launched an operation in Manihal village after a tip off about the presence of militants in the area.
A Jammu and Kashmir police spokesperson said four bodies were recovered from the site of the encounter. One AK-47 rifle and three pistols were seized from the slain militants.
An army man was also injured in the gun battle. Security forces have launched a combing operation after the encounter.
The police spokesperson said Incriminating materials indicated that the four men were affiliated to the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba. They have not been identified but are suspected to be locals.
Last week, three militants including two top commanders were killed in Rawalpora village in Shopian in a similar operation. The operation continued for three days. Police said among the dead was Vilayat Ahmad Lone alias Sajjad Afghani of Shopian. He was Jaish-e-Mohammad commander in Shopian.