One more militant killed; Toll 6

Operation Called Off: GoC Kilo Force

SOPORE ENCOUNTER

SHABIR IBN YUSUF

Srinagar, Dec 19: One more unidentified militant was killed Wednesday while two Army soldiers including an officer were injured in Sopore encounter in north Kashmir in which five militants were killed on Tuesday. The operation has been called off.
 The encounter began early Tuesday morning at village Saidpora on Sopore- Bandipora highway after the soldiers of Army’s 22 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Special Operation Group (SOG) of J&K Police cordoned off the village on a tip-off about presence of five to seven militants.
 Sources said the exchange of fire between the militants and forces started Wednesday morning after a search party tried to enter into the encounter site. They said the hiding militants opened heavy fire on the search party that resulted into the injuries to two Army soldiers including an officer.
 General Officer Commanding (GOC) Kilo Force, Major General Sarat Chand, who was supervising the operation, told Greater Kashmir that one more militant has been killed. “We killed one more militant. The searches have completed and operation has been called off,” General Chand said. He added that they have recovered six bodies from the encounter site. “Only one among them has so far been identified,” he said and added that efforts have been started to ascertain the identity of others.
 He said the faces of two bodies were bruised. “During the exchange of fire a wooden structure had caught fire leading to burn injuries to two militants,” he said.
 GOC Chand said two Army soldiers including an officer were injured Wednesday morning in exchange of fire. He identified them as Major Vijit Kumar and Sepoy Kamal Kishore. “There were bullets in their legs but both are stable,” he said.
 A police spokesman here said that six bodies of militants were recovered, so far, from the encounter site in Sopore.
 Quoting Superintendent of Police, Sopore, Imtiyaz Hussain Mir, the spokesman said one of the slain militant has been identified as Athar Yousuf Dar alias Naveed son of Muhammad Yousuf Dar resident of Bismilllah Colony, Sopore. The identity of the other militants is being ascertained. “The body of the slain militant was handed over to the next of the kin for last rites.”

Lastupdate on : Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 19 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 20 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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