2 army men killed, 3 injured in Shopian encounter

J&K: Encounter underway in Shopian; 2-3 terrorists holed up

Two soldiers were killed and three others injured during an encounter with militants in the village of Avneera in South Kashmir's Shopian district on Saturday, PTI reported.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation today following information about the presence of militants in Avneera village of Zainapora area of the district, a police official said. The militants had fired at the army building in Kalaroos area on Friday night.

Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively to the ceasefire violation that took place.

When this report was filed the identity of the soldiers could not be immediately ascertained.

Police strongly denied rumours that a mosque was damaged during the gunfight between the security forces and the militants.

Among those trapped, the reports said include some top commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen and Laskar-e-Toiba.

"One person identified as Imtiyaz Ahmed got injured", a police spokesperson said. "The gunfight is still going on in the village", police said.

SSP Shopian told news agency GNS that the firing has stopped and searches have been launched to trace the bodies of militants.

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