Srinagar, Jan 22: Three militants including the brother of an IPS officer were killed and an army soldier was injured in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Tuesday, local news agency GNS reported.
It said that a joint team of army’s 44 RR, Para Commandos and SOG launched a search operation in Shirmal after having credible input about the presence of some militants in the area.
As the joint team of forces intensified searches towards the suspected spot–the hideout inside an orchard, the hiding militants fired upon them, triggering off an encounter. There was a lull monetarily before firefight resumed, leading to the killing of three militants. One army soldier has also sustained injuries during the course of the gunfight, the news agency added.
The bodies of the slain militants were recovered along with as many weapons and other arms and ammunition, they said. The government forces blasted the hideout, the sources said.
Official sources said that among the slain include Shamsul Haq Mengnoo son of Mohammad Rafiq Mengnoo, a resident of Draggud village of Shopian district. Haq had left studies at Bachelors of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS) at government college here in Zakura campus. His elder brother Inamul Haq is 2012 IPS batch officer who is posted in North East. The identity of the two other militants was being ascertained, official sources added. (GNS)