2 JeM militants killed, soldier injured in Sopore gunfight

Two militants were killed and a soldier sustained injuries  in a gunfight here in north Kashmir on Saturday, police said. 

A police official said that a joint team of Army’s 22 RR, J&K Police, and 179 battalion of Central Reserve Police Force launched search operation at MalamapanporaWarpora area in Sopore  this morning. “A brief exchange of firing took place between security forces and militants after a contact was established with the militants,” he added.

 Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Javid Iqbal said that during the initial firing one militant was killed and an Army soldier sustained bullet injury.  “After a brief pause in firing, contact was again established with the militant. During course of firing another militant was killed,” the SSP said. 

He identified the slain militant was identified  as Umar ShabazWani son of Shabaz Ahmad Wani of KharporaBandipora and the second one was probably a Pakistani, both slain militants belonged to a Jaish-e- Muhammad militant outfit.

Late in the evening in a statement a police spokesman identified the slain Pakistani militant as Khalid.

“Both the killed terrorists as per police records the slain militants were wanted by law for their complicity in militancy related incidents,  including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities,” he said.

“According to police records, Khalid was  part of groups involved in planning and executing series of militant attacks in the area and many other atrocities. Several cases were registered against him. Similarly Umar Shahbaz was also involved in militancy related incidents,” the spokesman added. “Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken into case records for further investigation.  People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any,” the spokesman added.