Four guerrillas killed in Kashmir (Lead)

May 27th, 2011 - 4:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, May 27 (IANS) The security forces Friday killed two guerillas in Jammu and Kashmir after gunning down two overnight, police said.

Police said a group of separatist guerrillas fired at a patrol party of the security forces in Nowpora area of Sopore town, 54 kilometres from here, Friday afternoon.

“The fire was returned by the security forces in which two militants have been killed.

“The third militant has taken shelter in a residential house in Nowpora locality. Civilians in the densely populated area are being evacuated before an operation is started against the militant who is hiding,” a senior police officer said here.

Two guerrillas, including a top militant of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) who was a Pakistani national, were killed in a fierce gunbattle with security forces in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said Friday.

A senior police officer said troops of 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), paramilitary central reserve police force (CRPF) troops and local police jointly surrounded a house in Bon Keller village of Shopian district, 45 km from here, Thursday.

“The cordon around the house was laid on specific information about the presence of a group of militants inside. The holed-up militants opened fire at the advance party of the security forces triggering an encounter,” the officer said.

The gunfight ended late Thursday night after both the JeM guerrillas, including Qari Zubair, a Pakistani national who was a divisional commander of the outfit, were killed, he said.

Two houses were damaged during the encounter. Police also said the other slain guerrilla was a local.

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