3 terrorists killed in Shopian encounter in J&K

Army Jawan injured in Militant attack in Jammu-Kashmir

Army Jawan injured in Militant attack in Jammu-Kashmir

However, the search operation is still on. The commanders are Bashir Lashkari, Junaid Mattu, Abu Dujana and now Yaseen Itoo.

Yatoo was among three militants that were neutralized by the security forces in a 16-hour gunfight that began in Awneera in Shopian on Saturday.

Five army personnel were injured during the encounter who were shifted to hospital for treatment.

An army officer, Sunil Randhawa of the 17 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) was injured in the incident.

The dead soldiers were identified as Sepoy Ilayaraja P, a resident of Tamil Nadu, and Sepoy Gawai Sumedh Waman from Maharashtra.

Three militants were killed in the operation.

Meanwhile, in another development, a group of terrorists attacked a police searching party at Bandipora's Hajin area, in which two police personnel sustained injuries.

Earlier, the third militant was believed to be Adil Malik. The 41-year-old militant had appeared in several videos posted online in past one year.

"He resurfaced in 2016 unrest during which he addressed protest rallies".

Reports said that forces resorted to aerial firing as they were leaving the encounter site. He was also involved in bank robbery case of PS Yaripora.

In a joint operation of 55 Rashtriya Rifles personnel, special operations group of police and Central Reserve Police Force, a mosque and four residential houses were blasted late last night in Awneera area.

In a growing series of encounters in the Kashmir Valley, another encounter took place in Shopian district of Kashmir Valley on Saturday. Supporting the militants, locals have been reported to have pelted stones on the forces as soon as the firing started.

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