Srinagar, Jun 10 : Three militants were killed by security forces in an encounter which ensued after security forces launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in south Kashmir district of Shopian on Wednesday. Meanwhile, mobile internet service has been suspended in the area to prevent rumours. With these killings, a total of 25 militants were killed in different encounters during the past two weeks.
Defence Ministry spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia told UNI that Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police, Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and CRPF launched a joint CASO at village Sugoo Handamah in Shopian following a tip-off about the presence of militants at 0145 hrs on Wednesday. He said after sealing all exit points, security forces launched a house-to-house search.
However, he said when the troops were moving towards a particular area in the village, militants hiding there, opened fire with automatic weapons at 0530 hrs. Col Kalia said that security forces retaliated, ensuing in an encounter, adding three militants were killed in the exchange of fire. "The operation was still going on when the reports last came in," a police official said. Meanwhile, additional security forces and police were deployed in the adjacent areas to prevent any demonstration. (UNI)