Shopian encounter ends: 3 terrorists killed, two jawans martyred

The area has been cordoned, as around three terrorists are believed to be holed up and attempts are being made to smoke them out.

Shopian encounter ends: 3 terrorists killed, two jawans martyred
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Srinagar: Three terrorists were neutralised on Sunday in the massive encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district. As per the latest reports of ANI, the dead body of the terrorist has been recovered and counter-terror operations have ended. 

"The encounter has ended, but searches are continuing in the area," the police said, adding that two other militants had escaped. Reportedly, three soldiers were injured in the gunfight. They were shifted to an Army base hospital in Srinagar's Badami Bagh area.

Earlier in the day, two Indian Army soldiers were also killed in the gunbattle.

Yesterday, one army soldier was killed and four others injured in a fierce gunfight raged in Awneera village of Shopian district. "One of the injured soldiers succumbed in the hospital today", police told leading news agency IANS on Sunday. 

After receiving intelligence inputs that a group of two to three militants were hiding in the village, security forces including Rashtriya Rifles, state police and the CRPF surrounded the area on Saturday. As the security forces surrounded the hiding militants, they were fired upon, triggering the gunfight, police said.

Reports said that the youth clashed with the security forces in Awneera to break the cordon around the village on Saturday. Seven civilians had sustained pellet injuries during clashes.

(With inputs from agencies)