Jammu and Kashmir: Two militants killed in encounter with security forces in Shopian

Two unidentified militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, police said.

Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the Chakura area of Shopian district following information about the presence of militants there, a police officer said.

He said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants opened fire at security forces' positions.

He said two militants have been killed in the operation. The identity and group affiliation of the slain militants were being ascertained.

Meanwhile, a special police officer (SPO) went missing from a police camp along with two AK-47 rifles on Wednesday in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district. This is two days after a Sashastra Seema Bal constable was reported missing from another camp in the same district.

Police sources said one SPO has gone missing along with 2 AK-47 rifles and three magazines from the camp of the special operations group (SOG) of the local police in the Chadoora area of Budgam district.

"We have taken cognisance of the incident and a manhunt has been started to trace the missing SPO", police sources said.

SPOs are engaged on fixed monthly remuneration in J&K to fight militancy and also to deplete the recruitment pools for the militants.

Most of these SPOs are not trained in handling weapons and are deployed for acting as eyes and ears for the security forces.

Two days earlier, a constable of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) stationed at a camp in the same district had gone missing along with the magazine of his service rifle.

Police sources said the commandant of the14th battalion of the SSB had filed a report with the Chadoora police station in Budgam.

(With inputs from PTI and IANS)

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