June 2020 News
Militants Take Refuge In Mosques After 2 Others Killed In Separate Encounters18 June 2020
Srinagar: Two militants have been killed in separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir, while others have taken refuge in nearby mosques at both locations. The encounters, in Shopian and Pulwama districts, are still underway as the security forces are trying to nab militants hiding inside the mosque. In Pulwama, the gunfight with militants broke out after security forces launched a cordon and search operation at Meej in the Pampore area after receiving specific information about the presence of militants in the area. According to a police official, the search operation turned into an encounter after militants fired upon a search party of the forces, who retaliated. One militant has been killed so far, the official said, adding the join operation with the Indian Army was still in progress. As per the latest update from the Indian Army, the rest of the militants have entered a nearby mosque to take refuge from the ongoing gunfight. A similar incident panned out in Shopian, where Jammu and Kashmir Police, Indian Amry and paramilitary forces took out a militant in a gunfight, while others took refuge in a mosque, DGP, J&K Police told India Today TV. 'On specific inputs regarding presence of terrorists, two joint cordon and search operations were launched by Police and security forces in Awantipora [Pulwama] and Shopian. Awantipora Police along with 50RR and 140Bn CRPF launched a joint cordon and search operation in Meej Pampore area. While as another joint CASO was carried out in Bandhpawa Munand by Shopian Police, 44RR and 178Bn CRPF,' an official statement said. 'During the search operations in the said areas, the hiding terrorists fired on the joint search parties. The fire was retaliated leading to encounters at both places. In the ensuing encounters, so far one terrorist was killed in each encounter and their bodies were retrieved,' it said. The forces have requested locals to stay away from the sites of gunfight. 'Both the encounters are still continuing and further details shall follow once the encounters are concluded. People are requested to be away from the encounter sites till the encounters are over and the areas are sanitised and cleared from explosive materials, if any,' the statement said.