Shopian encounter: Three terrorists killed, combing ops launched

Army' to deploy robots to fight militants in Kashmir: Report

Army' to deploy robots to fight militants in Kashmir: Report

In a growing series of encounters in the Kashmir Valley, another encounter took place in Shopian district of Kashmir Valley on Saturday.

In a separate incident early Sunday rebels opened fire on an army convoy in the northern area of Hajin and wounded two police officers and a soldier, said Khan.

The operation was halted for the night but the forces maintained cordon of the area to stop the militants from fleeing.

Earlier in the day, two Indian Army soldiers were killed in the fierce gun battle.

Personnel from 55 Rashtriya Rifles, special operations group of police and Central Reserve Police Force are jointly taking part in the ongoing operation, the KMS said.

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Rebel groups have fought since 1989 in Indian Kashmir, demanding independence or a merger of the territory with Pakistan, and tens of thousands - mostly civilians - have been killed.

The gunfight resumed this morning and the three militants were killed.

The martyred youth have been identified as Umar Majid Sheikh, resident of Kathpora Yaripora; Adil Malik, resident of Malikgund Shopian and Irfanul Sheikh, resident of Malldaira Shopian.

Clashes broke out in the village Saturday evening with youth hitting roads and throwing brickbats on government forces, apparently in a bid to help militants break the cordon.

He said that the injured soldiers were shifted to an Army base hospital in Srinagar's Badami Bagh area. Police also said that the Itoo and two others were involved in a number of anti-national and militancy-related activities.

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