J&K: 4 terrorists behind abduction, killing of Panch killed in Shopian

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Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): Four terrorists, including an Al-Badr commander and his associate, who were behind the abduction and killing of a Srinagar Panch (panchayat member) were killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian today while a fifth one was captured alive, J&K police said.

Srinagar Panch Nisar Amhed Bhat’s body was recovered from orchards in south Kashmir’s Shopian today. He went missing from Srinagar on August 19. He was from Khonmoh area of Srinagar.

Inspector General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that Al-Badr district commander Shakoor Parray and his associate Suhail Bhat, who had abducted and killed the Panch on August 19, were among the four slain militants in Shopian encounter.

Defence spokesman in Srinagar, Colonel Rajesh Kalia told NVI that four militants were killed in the encounter at Shopian’s Kiloora village while the fifth one surrendered.

“Two AKs and three pistols recovered. Joint operation in progress,” Colonel Kalia added.

Earlier, in the afternoon, joint teams of Army, Police and the CRPF cordoned Kiloora village on the basis of specific information about the presence of militants there. In the initial gunfight, two militants were killed, and as the operation progressed, two more were killed while the fifth one was caught alive.

-ARK