Shopian Encounter: One more militant killed, toll 2: Thousands of people participated in funeral of slain Zeenat-ul-Islam Naikoo at his native village; Clashes reported near encounter site

Umar Rashid

Srinagar, Aug 03 : One more militant was killed in an ongoing operation at Ittoo Mohalla Pandushan area of South Kashmir’s Shopian on Saturday.

Official sources told GNS that one more militant was killed and his body was recovered from the encounter site.

A police officer also confirmed the killing of the militant and said that the operation is still going on.

According to reports, one body is still lying near the encounter site and it is believed to be that of a non-local man, a resident of Bihar who was working as a labourer in the area. However, there was no official confirmation in this regard so far.

According to eyewitness youth took to streets and pelted stones on forces near the encounter site. The police and paramilitary CRPF deployed in the area used tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse them.

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Yesterday one militant and a soldier were killed during the gunfight. The slain has been identified as Zeenat-Ul-Islam of Memander.

Meanwhile, thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of Zeenat-ul-Islam Naikoo at his native village at Memmander village.

The encounter broke out on Thursday evening at Ittoo Mohalla Pandoshan village after a joint team of army’s 34 RR, SOG and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation. (GNS)

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