Militant killed in Sopore gunfight, soldier injured

A Jaish-e-Mohammad militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Sopore area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday, police said.

The killed militant has been identified as Sajad Nawab Dar son of Muhammad Nawab of Saidpora Sopore. He was active in the area since April 2018.

The gunfight broke out following a night long siege as contingents of army’s 22 RR, 179 Battalion CRPF and J&K Police cordoned off Gulabad area of Arampora Sopore on Tuesday evening.

Following a 14-hour long siege, reports said that some gunshots were heard this morning after the security forces approached the spot where the militant was present.

“A JeM commander has been neutralised in the encounter in Sopore,” a police official said.

In the gunfight, an army soldier identified as Jaswinder Singh of 22RR was injured and was rushed to hospital for treatment.

The residential house of Abdul Rahman Sofi, where the militant had taken shelter, was completely damaged in the encounter.

The authorities suspended 2G internet services in Sopore town as the gunfight broke out.

In a statement, police said the operation was jointly conducted by police, Army & CRPF.

“As per police records, he was affiliated with proscribed outfit JeM and was wanted by law for his complicity in crimes including attacks on security establishments. He was also involved in recruitment of youth for joining militancy in North Kashmir.

“Several cases were registered against him including pertaining to attacks on CRPF Camp at Main Chowk Sopore attack on Police Post Warpora Sopore,” the police statement said.

Meanwhile, large number of people from Zaingeer belt of Sopore attended the funeral of the slain militant at his native village Saidpora on Wednesday evening.