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2 militants, trooper dead in Shopian encounter

Two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants and a soldier died in an encounter in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, officials said.

Two other security personnel also received injuries in the encounter, they said.

Armed forces had launched a cordon and search operation in the Dragad area of Shopian district following information about the presence of militants there, they said.

The search operation turned into an encounter after the militants opened fire at the forces who retaliated.

The officials said two ultras of The Resistance Front (TRF) have been killed.

“Three force personnel also sustained injuries in the operation. One of them later succumbed to injuries at a hospital here,” they said.

One of the slain ultras has been identified as Adil Wani, who joined the militant ranks in July 2020.

IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar claimed that Wani was involved in the killing of Saghir Ahmad, a carpenter from Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur, three days earlier.

“Adil Wani was District Commander Shopian of TRF,” Kumar tweeted.

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