Woman, two militants killed in Shopian encounter, dozens injured

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SRINAGAR : A 24-year-old woman was killed on Tuesday during clashes near the site of an encounter in Shopian district where two militants were killed by security forces overnight.

The woman, identified as Beauty Jan, wife of Manzoor Ahmad, was hit by a bullet during clashes between security forces and locals near the encounter site in Bhatmaran village of the district. Reports said that she was rushed to a hospital but died on the way.

DIG (south Kashmir), S P Pani reportedly said that the woman died in crossfire and asked people to stay away from the site as the operation was still on to nab a third militant.

According to reports, some locals were pelting stones to disrupt the search operation. Of the two slain militants, one was a foreigner and the other a local belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Pani said.

According to a police spokesman, bodies of two militants were recovered along with their weapons. The operation was still on as a third militant was still alive and he had “started firing again”, inspector general of police, Muneer Khan had said earlier.  Later, the police said they were searching for the third militant, who is believed to have escaped.

Security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in Wanipora area of Shopian on Monday evening following information about presence of militants in the area, an army official said. When the forces challenged the militants, they opened fire resulting in an encounter. 

Meanwhile a Train service was suspended for security reasons in southern Kashmir, where two militants were killed in an encounter. However, trains continued to chug on Srinagar-Budgam in central Kashmir to Baramulla in north Kashmir as per schedule, officials said.