In yet another military encounter in Jammu and Kashmir, security forces and trapped terrorists are said to be in loggerheads in Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Two terrorists have been gunned down by the security forces and their weapons have been recovered, reported ANI. Two local militants from Zaingeer area are said to be trapped. No casualties has been reported and the entire area is said to be cordoned off for some time. Even the internet services around the vicinity has been temporarily suspended. A joint team of 22 Rashtriya Rifles, SOG and CRPF conducted a military blockade at Pazalpora village.
The militants were holed up inside a house in Pazalpora village in Sopore township of the district. Following intelligence inputs about the presence of militants, security forces had launched a cordon and search operation last night. Speaking to PTI, a police official said the search operation was halted for the night but the forces maintained the cordon to stop the militants from escaping. “The operation was resumed this morning and the gunfight started after the trapped militants opened fire on the forces,” he said. Even last night, militants hurled two grenades and fired on CRPF’s 180 battalion camp in Tral town in Pulwama district.
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In a similar incident earlier this month, two local Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants, who responsible for a grenade attack on Police, were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Sopore town. Two soldiers were also injured during the encounter. Explaining the situation, a police official informed PTI that a joint party of Army’s 22 Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operations Group (SOG) of J&K police conducted a search operation after specific information about the presence of militants in Nathipora area of Sopore.