4 terrorists killed in Shopian encounter, 1 caught alive

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An Indian soldier stands guard in Kashmir Valley. (Representative Photo: PTI)
An Indian soldier stands guard in Kashmir Valley. (Representative Photo: PTI)

Srinagar/ August 28: Four terrorists of Al-Badr who were involved in the abduction and killing of a village panch and Territorial Army jawan were killed in an encounter in Shopian while another terrorist was caught alive.

The four militants affiliated with Al Badr terror outfit were killed in a gunfight that broke after security forces launched a search operation in Kiloora area of Shopian. A joint team of Police, Army’s 44 RR and CRPF launched a cordon-and-search-operation (CASO) in Kiloora.

As the joint team encircled the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them. The fire was retaliated by the joint team, triggering off an encounter.

Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said that terrorist group was involved in killing of a village panch and abduction of Territorial Army solider.

“Shakoor was self styled chief of Al-Badr terror outfit,” he said adding that besides abduction and killing, Shakoor was involved in decamping of rifles in Bijbehara area of Anantnag. “This is indeed a big success.”

IG Vijay Kumar said that interrogation of the apprehended militant is underway. He added that preliminary investigations reveal that terrorist Suhail Ahmad was also involved in kidnapping of Territorial Army soldier on Eid. “The militants have claimed that they have killed TA soldier, but we are verifying the facts.”

The Kashmir police chief said that among group of around 10 Al-Badr militants, three to four are still roaming free. “We are tracking them. Either they will be arrested or killed during the encounter.”

Commanding Officer 44 RR (Rashtriya Rifles) Colonel AK Singh went near the site of an encounter in Kiloora area of Shopian to persuade BUMS (Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery) students turned terrorists for surrender. “I understand the effort that parents undertake to make their son a doctor,” said Colonel AK Singh.

In the month of August this is the second militant who was caught alive in action. A week earlier one militant was apprehended by the same Commanding Officer of 44 RR, Colonel AK Singh at Maldaira Draggad area of Shopian.

Colonel AK Singh tries his best to motivate family members for the return of their misled children. Colonel even visited the homes of most of the active militants of the area and promised every possible help to the families.

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