Two Pakistani militants killed in Sopore encounter

Two Pakistani militants, including the mastermind of an IED blast in which four policemen lost their lives, were killed in an encounter with security forces in Sopore area of Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

The militants belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Chinkipora near Arampora area of Sopore township in the north Kashmir district on Thursday morning after receiving intelligence input about the presence of militants in the area.

The search operation turned into an encounter after the hiding militants fired upon the forces.

Initially, civilians were evacuated from the encounter site to safer areas before engaging the terrorists in the encounter, a police spokesman said.

He said in the ensuing gunfight, two militants were killed.

Some arms, ammunition and incriminating material were recovered from the site of the encounter, the spokesman said.