August 6, 2020 | 9:34 AM IST
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Nine militants in South Kashmir’s Shopian killed in separate incidents within 24 hours

In less than 24 hours, about nine terrorists were killed in two different operations in South Kashmir’s Shopian district. 

On Monday, four Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists were killed in an encounter by security forces in Pinjora, Shopian district in South Kashmir on Monday. The operation was carried out jointly by the Jammu and Kashmir police and the army. 

The encounter started in the early hours after the forces received a tip off. The entire area was cordoned off and a search operation launched. Soon, the terrorists got alerted and started firing, but were killed in counter firing by the forces. 

The Army sources revealed, “A joint operation was launched in the early hours today on intelligence input by JK Police. Cordon was laid and contact was established with the terrorists. Firefight ensued. Four terrorists have been eliminated.”

The source further said, “Encounter has started at Pinjora village of Shopian district of South Kashmir Police and security forces are on the job.”

Similarly, on Sunday early morning, five Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were shot dead during an encounter in Shopian’s Reban village. The five terrorists were lodged in a house and when the 178 battalions of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operation team zeroed in to the house of hiding, they started firing. Within a couple of hours all the five terrorists were killed. 

A huge amount of arms and ammunitions were recovered from the terrorists in both incidents. The identity of all the terrorists is yet to be ascertained.

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