Two militants and a civilian were killed during an encounter between armed forces and the ultras in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Friday, police said.
Acting on a specific input about the presence of militants in the Amshipora area of Shopian in south Kashmir, the forces launched a cordon-and-search operation, a police official said.
The search operation turned into an encounter after the militants hiding in the area fired upon the forces, who retaliated, he added.
Two militants were slain in the encounter, the official said.
He said a civilian — the owner of the house where the militants were hiding — was also killed during the encounter.
Inspector-General of Police Vijay Kumar said “after a cluster of houses were taken into cordon, following the drill civilians were evacuated to safety. Thereafter, house to house searches was started in the wee hours to locate the hiding militants”.
During the searches, he said the militants came out and “resorted to indiscriminate firing”.
“In the indiscriminate firing of the militants, one civilian namely Shakeel Ahmed Khan, son of Abdul Rahim Khan, a
resident of Amshipora got seriously wounded. The injured civilians while being evacuated for medical help succumbed to the injuries”.
The fire by the militants, he said, was retaliated in which both militants were killed.
He identified the militants as Muzamil Ahmad Mir, a resident of Chatripora, and Shariq Ayoob, a resident of Bonpora, Amshipora in the district.
Both the slain militants were part of Lashkar-e-Taiba.