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Hizbul Mujahideen Operational Commander Killed During Encounter In Kashmir's Shopian

13 August 2017, 06:12 | Pamela Mathis

2 soldiers killed as gun battle rages in Kashmir's Shopian, cops wounded in another encounter

Yasin Itoo shopian shopian encounter Hizbul Mujahideen commander Hizbul Mujahideen burhan wani

The sacrifice of Yasin Itoo and his two associates will be remembered for times to come because they stood the ground and allowed his associates to escape safely thus setting a great example of bravery and leading by example he said and added that "it is an irreparable loss". As the security personnel approached, Ittoo and his men opened fire, wounding five Army personnel, two of whom were later martyred.

Officials said that J&K Police's counterinsurgency Special Operations Group (SOG) with Army's 3 Rashtriya Rifles and the 177 Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched a cordon-and-search operation in Awneera village of Zainapora area of Shopian on Saturday night, following "specific information" about the presence of militants. One of the longest surviving militant commanders, he had joined militancy in 1997. Arms and ammunition was recovered from the encounter site.

He said Irfan-ul-Haq was involved in many cases including grenade attacks and firing on security personnel. "He was also involved in firing on Bn Hqrs IRP 18 Bn Reshipora and on Army party at Moolu Chitragam", police statement reads.

In north Kashmir, suspected militants opened fire after police and army started a cordon and search operation at Wahab Parray Mohalla in Hajin area of Bandipora district. He was shifted to hospital for treatment. The mediapersons were evacuated in bullet proof vehicles of police. In wake of the encounter, authorities have blocked internet services in Shopian district and other sensitive parts of south Kashmir.

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Soldiers take position during the Shopian encounter.

Over a dozen youth were injured in clashes with security forces as they pelted stones during the operation in Awneera village.

Two soldiers, who were killed in the encounter, are Sepoy Gawai Sumedh Waman and Sepoy Ilayaraja P, both 25 years old.



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