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Two Terrorists Holed up in Sopore House Killed in Encounter

Two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed on Thursday in an encounter with security forces in Sopore in north Kashmir's Baramulla district.

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Updated:June 1, 2017, 5:03 PM IST
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New Delhi: Two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed on Thursday in an encounter with security forces in Sopore in north Kashmir's Baramulla district.

Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Natipora area of Sopore at around 3:30 am after receiving information about the presence of militants there, a police official said. The militants were said to be holed up in a house in Sopore.

During the searches, the militants, believed to be two in number, opened fire on the forces, triggering the gunbattle, he said. Contact was established with terrorists at 02:45am and the encounter ended at 6:45am.

Director General of Police S P Vaid said the slain terrorists were locals who belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen and were behind an attack on a police party.

“On Wednesday, a grenade attack was carried out on a police deployment party in Sopore town in which four policemen were injured," Vaid said.

“The description of assailants and CCTV footage helped in identifying and arresting two persons, including one who had hurled the grenade at the police party,” the DGP said. He said during interrogation, the arrested persons provided information about the hideout of the militants at whose behest they had carried out the attack.

It was a joint operation by Army's Rashtriya Rifles troops and Jammu and Kashmir Police.

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