IPS officer’s brother among 3 terrorists killed in Shopian Encounter

Shopian Encounter

Srinagar, Jan 22: Three terrorists, including the brother of an IPS officer, were killed and a soldier injured in an encounter which broke out between terrorists and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Tuesday.

This was the second encounter is the last 24 hours in the valley.

Shamsul Haq Mengnoo of Draggud village of Shopian was among those killed in Heff Shermal village by security forces, news agency IANS quoted the police sources as saying.

Shamsul Mengnoo, the younger brother of Inamul Haq Mengnoo, a 2012 batch IPS officer posted in India’s northeast, was pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Unani medicine in a Srinagar college before joining militancy.

“Three weapons and ammunition have been recovered from the slain terrorists,” a police officer said. “A soldier injured in the encounter has been shifted to hospital.”

Four journalists covering the encounter sustained pellet gunshots fired apparently by the security forces.

Clashes between security personnel and civilians broke out over the last four hours near the site as protesters tried to scuttle the efforts of the security forces, who fired tear gas and pellet gunshots to disperse the mob.

Earlier reports spoke of five to six terrorists being present in the area, including some top commanders of the Hizbul Mujahideen.

The Rashtriya Rifles and the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police carried out the operation against the militants.

On Monday, three militants were killed in an encounter that broke out between militants and security forces in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district.


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