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Two JeM militants killed, eight security personnel injured in J&K encounter

Security personnel stand guard near the encounter site during a cordon and search operation in Sopore, north Kashmir on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Two Jaish-e-Mohammed militants have been killed in an operation against hiding militants in a forest area in Jammu’s Katra on September 13. Eight security personnel, including a police officer, were injured in the gunfight.

Five CRPF personnel and three policemen, including Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohan Lal, were injured during the operation, police said. They were admitted to the Narayana hospital in Katra.

Three militants travelling in a truck fled into the forests after they were intercepted on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway on September 12 morning. Since then the security forces sealed the area and launched a combing operation. Schools were closed in the area too. A contact was established in the morning when the militants were spotted hiding inside a house and later fanned out in the forest area, close to the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, police said. 

Two militants killed in Sopore

Security forces killed two militants in an operation in Baramulla's Sopore on September 13.  An Army spokesman said the two militants were killed in the operation at Taliyan Mohalla area of Arampora, Sopore. The operation began on September 12 night. “A gunfight broke out after the hiding militants lobbed a grenade and fired upon the search party,” police said.

Police said the two slain militants were non-locals and were identified as Jaish-e-Muhammad’s Ali alias Athar and Zia-ur-Rehman, both from Pakistan. “Ali was mastermind behind the Sopore IED blast in which four policemen were killed earlier this year,” police said.

(With PTI inputs)

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