Four newly recruited Al-Badr militants were trapped in Kanigam village of Shopian district, among which three were killed while as one of them, Tawseef Ahmad, surrendered during the gunfight, according to a police officer who wished not to be named.
Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) –
In a gunfight with government forces in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Thursday, three newly recruited local Al-Badr militants were killed while one surrendered, according to local police.
Four newly recruited Al-Badr militants were trapped in Kanigam village of Shopian district, among which three were killed while one of them, Tawseef Ahmad, surrendered during the gunfight, according to a police officer who wished not to be named.
According to the official, the gunfight started this morning after local police and other government forces launched a cordon and search operation in Kanigam village on Wednesday evening.
According to him, after receiving detailed information about the presence of militants in Kanigam area of Shopian, the Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police, 44 Rashtriya Rifles, and 178Bn Central Reserve Police Force launched a joint cordon and search operation in the suspected area.
As the presence of militants was ascertained during the search operation, they were given the chance to surrender; however, they lobbed a grenade at the joint search team, which was retaliated against, leading to an encounter, according to the official.
According to the official, one militant surrendered and three others were killed in the confrontation, and their bodies were recovered from the scene. They have been identified as Danish Mir, Mohd Umer Bhat both residents of Khajapora Shopian and Zaid Bashir Reshi resident of Raben Shopian. As per police records, they were affiliated with the proscribed terror outfit Al-Badr.
The officer added that weapons, ammunition, and other incriminating materials were retrieved from the scene of the encounter and that the slain militants’ last rites will be conducted according to COVID-19 procedure after medico-legal formalities.
IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar – IPS congratulated the joint team of police and security forces for “showing utmost patience and exhibiting professionalism, which resulted in saving the life of a misguided youth”.