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Militants killed in military operation in Shopian identified: Police

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Aamir Hussain Ganai’s cousin displays a phone with Amir's picture. Amir was killed in a military operation along with two other militants in Shopian district of south Kashmir. [FPK Photo/Zainab.]

Shopian: Three militants were killed in a military operation in Check-e-Cholan area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said on Wednesday.

A police spokesman in a statement said that acting on a specific input generated by police regarding the presence of militants in village Check Cholan area of Shopian, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 34RR and 178Bn CRPF in the area.

“During the search operation, as the presence of militants got ascertained, they were given repeated opportunities to surrender; however they fired indiscriminately at the joint search party which retaliated leading to an encounter,” the police spokesman said.

“In the ensuing encounter, three militants LeT (TRF) were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter.”

Police identified the slain as Amir Hussain Ganie son of Manzoor Ahmad resident of Check-e- Cholan Shopian, Rayees Ahmed Mir son of Nazir Ahmad, resident of Kapran, Shopian and Haseeb Ahmad Dar son of Mohd Yousuf Dar, resident of Khudwani, Kulgam.

“As per police records, all the three killed militants were categorized militants and linked with LeT (TRF) were part of groups involved in several criminal cases including attacks on armed forces,” the police spokesman said.

Earlier, clashes were also witnessed near the operation site. Eyewitnesses said that civilians clashed with the armed forces near the operation site in Check-e-Cholan.

 

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