LeT Commander killed in Shopain encounter, One civilian injured


Shopian : At least one militant was killed while a civilian was injured during a gunfight between Army and Lashkar Toiba militants in Hushanpora, Nagabal area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Deputy Inspector General South Kashmir Vijay Kumar identified the slain militant as Abbas Reshi and said that he was the district commander of Let outfit and was involved in various militancy related incidents.

Reports said that after receiving inputs about the presence of three militants from sources in Hushanpora hamlet, Army personnel from 62 RR, SOG Imam Sahab and CRPF party jointly cordon off the village and started a search operation.

Sources said that during search operation, militants fired upon joint party and during the ensuing gunfight one militant was killed. Reports said that two militants managed to escape soon after the joint party of Government Forces cordoned off the area. However, DIG, South Kashmir said that there are apprehensions that one non-local militant is still present in the village and all resources are being utilized to neutralize him.

During the gunfight, one militant Abas Reshi son of Bashir Ahmed Reshi resident of Alishapora was killed.

Police said that the slain militant was directly involved in Awnera incident where militants during an attack had killed a CRPF jawan.
  “We have pressed sniffer dogs into service to trace the militants and all resources are being put to neutralize these Lashkar militants,” one of the police official told CNS.

During the gunfight, one civilian from Alishapora Shopian was injured who was shifted to evacuated and rushed to hospital. The injured civilian has been identified as Ghulam Muhammad Para son of Muhammad Akram Para.

Search operation was going on when this news report was being filed. (CNS)      

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