In the Shopian encounter in Jammu and Kashmir, six militants and a soldier were killed in an encounter between militants and security forces, according to defence officials. EurAsian Times has earlier reported that Shopian has become a hotbed for terrorism and graveyard for militants.
The six were killed in an encounter at Hipura Batagund village in Kapran area of Shopian district of south Kashmir, Srinagar-based defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said.
He said a soldier also lost his life in the operation. Col Kalia said the identity and group affiliation of the slain militants is being ascertained. He said weapons and war-like stores have been recovered from the encounter site.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area around midnight following specific information about the presence of militants there. The search operation turned into an encounter after the militants fired upon the forces, who retaliated.
According to J&K police, forces were conducting a cordon and search operation in Kapran Batagund area when the gunbattle between the two parties broke out.