Internal Security

Three new militant recruits killed in Shopian

By Indian Express

Just four days after they took up arms, three Al-Badr militants were killed in a gunfight in south Kashmir’s Shopian on Thursday morning. Their associate surrendered. The police said the slain militants spurned their appeals to surrender.

The standoff began Wednesday night when a joint team of J&K Police, Army and paramilitary forces cordoned off Kanigam village in south Kashmir’s Shopian.

“During the search operation they (militants) were given an opportunity to surrender. Family members of the trapped terrorists were also called to the encounter site to motivate and persuade them to surrender,” the police said in a release.

“Due to the great efforts and utmost patience of police, security forces and repeated surrender appeals with the help of their family members, one of the trapped terrorist Tausif Ahmad ultimately surrendered and laid down his arms before the joint security forces.

He later also appealed to his trapped companions to surrender. However, they turned down the surrender offer and fired indiscriminately on the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter.”

The police have identified the slain militants as Danish Mir and Mohamad Umer Bhat, both residents of Khajapora Shopian, and Zahid Bashir Reshi, a resident of Reban Shopian.

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