Two Terrorists Killed in Shopian Encounter, Search Operation Underway


Two terrorists were gunned down on Tuesday in an overnight encounter with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district. The terrorists most likely belong to the Pakistan based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), report said.

Speaking to news agency PTI, an Army official said,”Two militants have been killed so far and the operation is still in progress.”

Earlier on Monday, it was reported that two-three terrorists were trapped in Batmurran village of Keller tehsil of Shopian, following which the security forces comprise of soldiers of 44 Rashtriya Rifles, Jammu and Kashmir Police Special Operations Group and 14 battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched a cordon and search operation.

The official said that the search operation turned into an encounter as militants opened firing towards the security forces. Recently, the Army had claimed that they killed over 200 insurgents across the Valley this year.

2017 saw a series of counter-insurgency operations that resulted in the death of top terrorists including Tallah Rashid and Mehmood Bhai of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Sabzar Ahmad Bhat of the Hizbul Mujahideen and Abu Dujana and Waseem Shah of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).