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Brief shootout in Shopian: Militant, his ‘active associate’ killed, claims police

In a brief shootout in Shopian district on Monday, a militant and his ‘active associate’ were killed, claimed the Jammu and Kashmir police.

A police spokesperson said, “During the preceding night, armed forces at a checkpoint on Shopian Turkawangom Road at Mool Chitragam intercepted a Tavera vehicle.”

He said the militants boarding the vehicle opened fire from inside on the forces which was retaliated.

In retaliation, he said, one militant identified as Firdous Ahmad Bhat and an “active associate” Sajad Ahmad who was driving the vehicle got killed. Both of them were the residents of Kulgam district.

He said one more militant “taking advantage of darkness managed to flee from spot”.

According to police records, he said, Bhat was a listed militant.

Their bodies have been handed over to their legal heirs after completion of medico-legal formalities.

“Incriminating material including arms & ammunition were recovered from the spot. All these materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other crimes,” said the spokesman.

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