Militant killed in Sopore gunfight

A militant was killed in a brief gunfight at Hathlangoo area of Sopore Saturday afternoon. A senior police officer said the deceased was identified as Waseem Ahmad Naik son of Abdul Ghani of Udipora, Barsoo in Awantipora area of Pulwama district. He said arms and ammunition were recovered from him.

Earlier, Army’s 22 RR, 179 BN CRPF and SOG of J&K police jointly launched a cordon-and-search operation in Hathlangoo village following specific information about the presence of militants inside a residential house.

During the searches and the ensuing gunfight, the militant was killed.

While the gunfight was on, local residents and the security forces clashed with each other. The protesters threw stones at the forces who retaliated with teargas canisters.