Two militants were killed in 20-hour long gunbattle with forces in Warpora area of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday.
A police official said acting on credible information about presence of militants, a joint cordon and search operation (CASO) was launched by 22 Rashtria Rifles, CRPF and Special Operation Group (SOG) of J&K police in Warpora area of Sopore on Thursday evening.
“The forces established contact with militants at around 10:35 pm on Thursday night. After brief exchange of fire, the operation was halted for night. The operation was resumed in the early hours during and one of the holed-up militant was killed in the morning. The second militant was killed the afternoon,” he said.
A double storey house, two single storey houses, a separate kitchen and two cowsheds were damaged during the gunfight.
SSP Sopore Javid Iqbal said two militants were killed in gunfight and two AK 47s recovered from the encounter site.
“The forces tackled the situation very tactfully to avoid any collateral damage. However, few houses were damaged in the gunbattle as hiding militants were changing their positions throughout the operation,” he said.
SSP said two burnt bodies of militants were retrieved from the encounter site.
“We are ascertaining identification of the deceased militants,” he said.
The authorities suspended mobile Internet service in the area and imposed restrictions to prevent people from marching towards the encounter site.
“In view of apprehension of law and order problem, restrictions under section 144 CRPC were imposed on gathering of more than 4 persons in entire Sub-division Sopore with,” read an order issued by Additional District Magistrate Sopore.
Intense clashes between youth and government forces were reported near the gunfight site throughout the day.