Shopian Shootout: Police version

Police in a statement said that During the preceding night, security forces at a checkpoint on Shopian Turkawangom Road at Mool Chitragam intercepted a Tavera vehicle.

However the militants boarding the vehicle opened fire from inside on security forces which was retaliated. In the retaliation process one militant identified as Firdous Ahmad Bhat and an active associate Sajad Ahmad who was driving the vehicle got killed. Both of them were the residents of Kulgam. Moreover one militant taking advantage of darkness managed to flee from spot.

According to police records Firdous Bhat was a listed militant.

Bodies of both the militants have been handed over to their legal heirs after completion of medico-legal formalities.

Incriminating material including arms & ammunition were recovered from the spot. All these materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crimes.

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