The suspected militants were killed in a gunfight in Shopian’s Badigam area, the police said. The gunfight began on Thursday night after the militants opened fire at a joint team comprising the police, the Indian Army and the Central Reserve Police Force, The Hindu reported.
The authorities suspended internet services in Shopian as a precautionary measure.
In Budgam’s Beerwah area, Special Police Officer Mohammad Altaf succumbed to his injuries after a gunfight broke out with suspected militants. Another policeman, Manzoor Ahmad, is being treated at a hospital.
The police and the Army had launched an operation in the area after receiving inputs about the presence of militants, one of whom, they said, was from Lashkar-e-Taiba.
“We’d received information last night [Thursday] that a foreign terrorist, Yusuf [who is an] LeT [Lashkar-e-Taiba] Commander, and another militant are holed up in a house,” Kumar said. “We launched cordon with Army’s help. The CRPF reached too. In the morning we came to know that they escaped but are injured.”
The police then brought a dog squad that traced the trail of blood of the injured militants and led them to a village 2 kms away, Kumar added. “We have cordoned it, a search is underway,” he said.
Meanwhile, unidentified persons fired bullets on security forces in Baghat Barzulla area of Srinagar on Friday afternoon. More details are awaited.