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Shopian encounter: Two JeM militants, civilian killed

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Two (JeM) militants, including a Pakistani national, were today killed in an encounter while a civilian died and 20 others sustained during clashes with security forces near the scene of gunbattle in of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

A said a joint patrol of the security forces launched searches in the Kundallan area of the district in the early hours today following credible leads about the presence of terrorists there.

As the searches were going on, militants hiding inside the house fired upon the search party, who in their guarded response fired back, leading to an encounter, he said.

The said some civilians in the nearby houses were quickly evacuated by the security forces.

"During the encounter, all the hiding terrorists were eliminated successfully by the joint patrol of the security forces. The slain terrorists were identified as Sameer Ahmad Sheikh, a local, and from Pakistan," he said, adding that the ultras were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM.

Sheikh was a school dropout and had joined the JeM after he was reported missing from his home since April 2018, the said.

"On the basis of documents available, the other terrorist has been identified as Babar, a JeM of Pakistani origin. They were involved in many attacks on the security establishments and civilian atrocities," he said.

The spokesman said some civilians were also injured in cross firing at the encounter site, who were later evacuated to a hospital for medical attention.

"One of the injured persons later succumbed to while the other injured are stated to be stable now," he said.

When the operation was in progress, a said, a large number of civilians rushed towards the and started pelting stones at security forces.

At least 20 civilians were injured in the security forces action to chase away the protestors, he said, adding eight among them have been referred to hospitals here for specialised treatment.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 17:40 IST