Shopian Encounter: Police statement

August 04: In a statement police today said that in Kiloora area of District Shopian, Security Forces yesterday night jointly launched searches after it was able to track a group of terrorists in the area.

During the search, militant hiding inside a house fired on the search party. The fire was retaliated thereby establishing contact with the militants leading to an encounter.

In the ensuing encounter, five militants were killed. The identity of the killed terrorists is being ascertained.

Initially it came across that one civilian had lost his life in cross firing but subsequent investigation confirmed that no such civilian death had occurred and reports pertaining to the civilian death were inaccurate.

Pertinently the encounter later took place in an open area as the hiding terrorists, taking advantage of darkness came out of the house and fired indiscriminately on Security Forces.

Arms and ammunition were also seized from the site of encounter. Police has registered a case and initiated investigation into the matter“`.

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