The encounter at Manihal village in Kashmir’s Shopian district began early Monday morning. (Representational Photo/ANI)
The encounter at Manihal village in Kashmir’s Shopian district began early Monday morning. (Representational Photo/ANI)

4 militants killed in encounter in Kashmir’s Shopian

Police said incriminating materials indicated that the four men were affiliated to the Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group.
By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2021 11:02 AM IST

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.

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