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2 Jaish militants gunned down in Shopian, were involved in killing of many civilians, cops: Police

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Two (JeM) militants involved in the killing of a number of civilians and police personnel were on Saturday gunned down by security forces in an encounter in district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

The slain militants have been identified as Abid Wagay, a resident of Rawalpora Shopian, and Shahjahan Mir, hailing of Amshepora Shopian, a police said.

Based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Gahand area of district of south Kashmir, a cordon and was launched by security forces there this morning, the said.

He said during the searches, the militants fired upon the security personnel who retaliated. Two militants were killed in the ensuing encounter.

The bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter and incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, were seized.

According to police records, both of the militants were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM, he said

They were wanted for their complicity in a series of terror crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities, he said.

They were involved in the abduction and subsequent killings of civilians Firdous Ahmad of Batgund and Nissar Ahmad of Kapran and of Batgund last year, the said.

"They were also involved in the killing of at Viel earlier this year. Moreover, both were also involved in the killing of a civilian of Bemnipora at Kachdoora in Shopian.

"They were also involved in arson and setting ablaze panchayat ghars at Kanjiullar and Ramnagar, he added.

The spokesman said Mir was also involved in snatching of weapons and killing of four police personnel at Arhama Shopian last year.

He (Mir) was also involved in attack on in which one cop Saqib Mohi-ud-Din had attained martyrdom and his rifle was snatched.

"He was involved in the abduction and killing of a young boy resident of Manzgam D H Pora, he said.

Several cases were registered against both of them for planning and executing terror attacks on security establishments and killing of civilians in the area, the spokesman said.

"With the efforts of police and other security forces, it was a clean operation and no collateral damage happened during the encounter," the spokesman said.

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 16:20 IST