Srinagar: Six militants and a soldier were killed and another wounded in a fierce encounter which ensued during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in south Kashmir district of Shopian in the wee hours of Sunday, reports said.
Based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Batagund area of Kapran in District Shopian, a cordon and search operation was launched in the intervening night jointly by Police and security forces in the area, police said
As the searches were going on, the search party was fired upon by the militants. The fire was retaliated leading to a gunfight. Initially, one army trooper of 34 RR sustained injuries in the exchange of fire. He was evacuated to the hospital and is stated to be stable now. However one more army trooper identified as Nazir Ahmad of 34 RR who got grievously injured in the final phase of the encounter has succumbed.
In the ensuing encounter, six militants were killed and the bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter, police said.
The killed militants have been identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Mir alias Hammad alias Musha son of Ghulam Hassan Mir of Cheki-Cholan Shopian, Mohammad Abass Bhatt son of Abdul Jabbar Bhat of Cheki Mantribugh Shopian, Umar Majeed Ganaie alias Maaz alias Abu Hanzalla alias Abdul Rehman son of Abdul Majeed Ganaie of Souch Kulgam, Mohd Waseem Wagay alias Saifullah son of Abdul Hameed Wagay of Amshipora, Khalid Farooq Malik alias Rafi alias Talha of Baghander Aliyalpora Shopian and from the material evidence collected, one militant is learnt to be a foreigner from Pakistan, police said.
It was a combined group of HM and LeT, as per police records, Mushtaq Ahmad Mir alias Hammad was affiliated with LeT and was operating as District commander for Shopian, while Mohd Abaas, Waseem Wagay, Umar Majeed Ganai and Khalid were with HM. Mohd Abass was known as District Commander of HM for Shopian and Umar Majed was operating as district commander of HM for Kulgam.
Moreover few individuals sustained injuries at the encounter site and have been evacuated to hospital for medical attention.
Incriminating materials including huge quantity of arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. Police has registered a case and initiated investigation in the matter.
Police also issued advisory requesting to citizens not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any.