J&K: Gun battle underway between security forces, terrorists in Shopian

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J&K: Gun battle underway between security forces, terrorists in Shopian

Yasin Yatoo alias Mehmood Ghaznavi, Hizbul Mujahideen's operational commander for Kashmir and one of the longest serving militants in the Valley, was killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian of Jammu and Kashmir.

Two soldiers were killed and six security personnel were injured in two separate encounters in Kashmir.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation on Saturday night following information about the presence of at least five terrorists in Awneera, about 15 km from Shopian town, on Saturday afternoon, a police official said.

Two army men had lost their life in the gunfight on Saturday, while three others were injured.

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Sources told India Blooms, security forces retrieved three bodies of militants from the derbies on Sunday afternoon and started identification process.

On Wednesday, three terrorists have been killed in an encounter at Tral in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. Our correspondent reports that the slain terrorists were identified as local Hizbul Mujahideen cadres.

"He is the mainstay of Hizb in Kashmir and his death will deal a severe blow to the outfit's operations", the police officer said, adding that Padroo and Kachroo became active after the 2010 civilian uprising. Police also said that the Itoo and two others were involved in a number of anti-national and militancy-related activities. Almost 150 militants were killed past year.

Over a dozen youth were injured in clashes with security forces as they pelted stones during the operation in Awneera village.

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