SRINAGAR: Two militants were killed and two officials of J&K police injured during a gunfight that broke out between militants and forces in Amargarh area of north Kashmir’s Sopore town on Saturday afternoon.
The slain militants were identified as Sajad Ahmad alias Babar of Bomai Sopore and Azhar-u-Din Khan alias Ghazi Umar of Tursoo village of Natnoosa, Kupwara. The injured police officials were identified as SP (Operations) Baramulla, Shafkat Hussain, and Sub-Inspector Muhammad Murtaza.
According to a police official, two militants travelling in a vehicle were “planning some action at Sopore, but cops of J&K police and other forces immediately swung into action and intercepted them near Amargarh.”
Senior Superintendent of Police Baramulla Imtiyaz Ahmad said: “While being challenged, the militants lobbed a grenade and fired upon the police party in which SP operation Baramulla Shafqat Hussain and Sub-Inspector Muhammad Murtaza were injured. In the retaliatory action, two militants were killed.”
Azhar-u-Din Khan, according to locals, was working as a lecturer in a higher secondary school at Kupwara before the joining militant ranks a year back.
As soon as the news of the killings of militants spread in their native places, thousands of people including women came out of their houses and staged pro-freedom protests.
At Bombai Sopore, reports said, amid pro-freedom sloganeering, scores of youth clashed with police in the afternoon. The protesting youth were anxiously waiting for the body of Babar. Later, reports said, Babar was laid to rest amid pro-freedom sloganeering and presence of hundreds of people at the funeral. Azhar-ud-Din Khan, according to reports, would be laid to rest on Sunday.
In an official statement, the police said the slain militants were “senior commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit and involved in many militant activities.”
“Sajad of Eidipora Bomai Sopore was an active militant of HM who had gone to Pakistan in March 2016 on passport and infiltrated to take command of HM in Sopore,” the statement said.__GK News