2 militants killed in Sopore encounter, op continues

BARAMULLA: Two militants were killed in an encounter which ensued after security forces launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in the apple township of Sopore in this north Kashmir district on Sunday.
Meanwhile, mobile internet service has been suspended in Sopore as a precautionary measure to prevent rumours. Official sources said following specific information about presence of militants, a joint CASO was launched by Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir, CRPF and Rashtriya Rifles (RR) at Rebban, about two kms from main Sopore town, in the early hours of Sunday.
However, they said when the security forces were moving towards a particular area, militants there, opened indiscriminate fire with automatic weapons. “The security forces retaliated ensuing in an encounter,” he said, adding a militant was killed in the exchange of fire in the morning.
They said one more militant was killed later in the afternoon, adding the identity of both the militants is being ascertained. “The operation was still going on when the reports last came in,” they said.
Sources said all the residents in the nearby houses were rescued and taken to safer places. Additional security forces and police personnel have been deployed in the adjacent areas to oversee any law and order. (agencies)