J&K: 2 Al-Badr militants killed in Shopian encounter

Search ops on in Mendhar forests of Jammu's Poonch for 4th day
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Lubna Fayaz

Srinagar (NVI): Two militants killed in an encounter at Kutpora area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district today were affiliated with Al-Badr terror outfit, according to J&K police.

The slain militants have been identified as Irfan Ahmad Thoker, resident of Kutpora, Shopian and Umer Ahmad Lone, resident of Naidgam Lone Mohallah.

A police spokesman said that a joint Cordon and Search Operation was launched by Shopian Police, Army’s 34 RR and 178 Bn CRPF in the area on the basis of specific inputs.

The spokesman said that during the search operation, the presence of militants got verified.

An opportunity to surrender was also given to the militants, however, they fired upon the joint search party, which led to an encounter.

“In the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter,” he said.

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