A Hizbul Mujahideen militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in J&K’s Shopian on Wednesday, police said, adding, acting on a specific inputs about the presence of militants in the orchards of the Shirmal area in south Kashmir’s district, a cordon-and-search operation was launched by security forces.
As the presence of militants was ascertained, they were given an opportunity to surrender, he said.
However, the spokesperson said the militants opened fire at the forces, which was retaliated. In the ensuing gunbattle, one militant was killed and his body was retrieved from the encounter site, he said.
Meanwhile, a mobile phone shopkeeper was shot dead by militants in Habbakadal locality of Srinagar on Wednesday, police said.
A police spokesman said the militants fired upon Umer Nazir Bhat, a resident of Kelashpora Habakadal, inside his shop at Main Chowk Habba Kadal.