Hizb's Yasin among 3 terrorists killed in Shopian encounter

Hizb's Yasin among 3 terrorists killed in Shopian encounter

Hizb's Yasin among 3 terrorists killed in Shopian encounter

"As security personnel tried to zero in on the houses damaged in the gunfight, militants opened fire again", said a policeman. Police also said that the Itoo and two others were involved in a number of anti-national and militancy-related activities. He was one of the longest surviving militants in Kashmir.

Police in a statement said that the three Hizb terrorists were killed in an encounter with the security forces at Awneera village of Zainapora Shopian.

The two other Hizb militants killed in the clash have been identified as Irfan-ul-Haq and Umar Majeed Mir. Over a dozen civilians were injured as the security forces fired live ammunition to quell the stone-pelting mobs.

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Itoo, a resident of Nagam Chadoora in Budgam, was famous as Mehmood Gaznavi.

Intermittent firing continued throughout the night and the operation began in full swing in the morning. "Five army personnel were injured during the encounter and were shifted to hospital for treatment".

The injured soldiers are being treated at the army's base hospital in Badami Bagh area of Srinagar.

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On Saturday afternoon, the Army, police and CRPF had launched the operation in Awneera hamlet, around 15 km from Shopian town, after receiving inputs about the presence of militants. 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".

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.

Internet services have been blocked in Badgam district following the identification of Itoo among the slain militants.

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