3 militants killed in Sopore gunfight

Three militants were killed in a gunfight with the forces in Sopore area of north Kashmir on Sunday.
The gunfight between the militants and the forces broke out at Reban village following an extensive cordon and search operation, a Police officer said.

He said the operation against the militants was launched at around 3:30 am on Sunday by the Special Operations Group (SOG) of Police, paramilitary CRPF, and Army after intelligence inputs confirmed the presence of the militant in the area.

The search operation was underway when the militants opened fire at the forces, who retaliated, triggering a gunfight.
In the initial stage of the gunfight one militant was killed while two more militants were killed in the operation which concluded in the evening, Army and Police said.

Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said a Pakistani militant identified as Usman of Lashkar-e-Toiba was among the killed militants.
“He was involved in the recent militant attack at Sopore in which one CRPF man and one civilian was killed,” Kumar said, terming Usman’s killing a “big success” for the forces.

On July 1, a civilian Bashir Ahmad Khan of Srinagar and a paramilitary CRPF man were killed while Khan’s three-year-old grand son survived a militant attack in Sopore.
Usman was among 12 militants whose hit list was released by Police after the Sopore attack.
The identity of the other two killed militants was being ascertained.
Incriminating material including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of gunfight, Police said.
The killed trio is likely to be buried at a remote location in Baramulla or Handwara.
So far this year around 126 militants of various outfits have been killed in relentless anti-militancy operations in the Valley.