Security forces cordon off over 20 villages in Kashmir’s Shopian

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Kashmir, 4 May: Security forces have cordoned off over 20 villages in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian in the view of recent terror attacks in the Valley, according to ANI report.

It has been learned that search operations have been launched in the area. A few days ago, similar raids were carried out at various places in Kulgam as well as adjoining Shopian following a tip off about the presence of the two who had killed seven people including five policemen, a PTI report said.

They were looking for militants responsible for killings of political activists and security personnel and were also involved in weapon snatching and bank robberies, the officer said.

Suspected Militants had barged inside a police post guarding the court complex of southern Shopian district late on Tuesday night, and decamped with five service rifles. The terrorists had decamped along with five service rifles including four INSAS rifles and an AK-47 rifle.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Jammu and Kashmir Police had announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh for information on Umer Majid, a suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militant responsible for killing seven people including five policemen at Kulgam in South Kashmir earlier this week. Posters of Majid were pasted on the walls of Kulgam, announcing the cash reward that may lead the security agencies to him, police was quoted as saying by PTI.

Earlier, a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh was announced. They said 22-year-old Majid, who hails from Suchi village of Kulgam district, was identified by police with the help of some locals as well as the driver of the treasury van that came under Hizbul Mujahideen militants’ attack on May 1 in Kulgam, the report says.

Majid joined Hizbul Mujahideen terror group last year and has been active in this area for quite sometime, police said, adding he has been responsible for earlier acts of terror in and around Kulgam. Police said Ishfaq Palla, an overground worker for Hizbul, had also been identified and hunt has been launched to nab these two, according to PTI report.

 Wefornews Bureau

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