|Five terrorists, including two commanders, were killed in retaliation by security forces. (Photo: Twitter ANI)|
Kashmir Police IG Police Vijay Kumar said that the SP of Shopia had received information that five terrorists were hiding in Ribal village. A joint team of army, CRPF and police blocked the area completely.
Five militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. Defense officials gave this information. According to media reports, among the terrorists killed was Hizbul Mujahideen’s top commander Farooq Ahmed Bhat alias Nali. Farooq Ahmed Bhat alias Nali is a resident of Kulgam in Jammu.
Farooq managed to escape by dodging security forces during an encounter in Kulgam two weeks ago. Defense spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said, “Five militants were killed in an operation in Rabian in Shopian.” During the campaign, it was ensured that the security forces and civilians were not harmed.
A police official said that after receiving intelligence about the presence of militants in the area, security forces cordoned off the Reban area of Shopian in south Kashmir and launched a search operation. He said the militants opened fire on the force’s search team, after which the encounter started. Officials said that the terrorists were being identified and it was being ascertained from which terrorist organization they were associated with.
Kashmir Police IG Police Vijay Kumar said that the SP of Shopia had received information that five terrorists were hiding in Reban village. A joint team of army, CRPF and police blocked the area completely. During the search operation, militants opened fire on security forces this morning. Five militants, including two commanders, were killed in retaliation. There was no loss from our side in this operation.