NEW DELHI: Two army men were martyred and three others, including a captain, injured in an encounter with terrorists in Shopian district of south Kashmir, the police said on Saturday night.
Three terrorists were shot down by security personnel and a counter-operation is currently underway.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation today following information about presence of terrorists in Awneera village of Zainapora area of the district. As the security forces were conducting searches, the terrorists opened fire on them which was retaliated by the law enforcement personnel, triggering a gunfight.
"There was information about militants in Shopian. While cordon was being laid, security personnel came under fire," Jammu and Kshmir DGP S P Vaid said.
Five soldiers were injured in the gun battle, he said, adding that they were evacuated to the 92 Base Hospital of the Army for treatment, where two among them — Sepoy Ilayaraja P and Sepoy Gawai Sumedh Waman — succumbed to their injuries.
Sepoy Ilayaraja hailed from Kandani village in Tamil Nadu and is survived by his parents and wife. 25-year-old Sepoy Sumedh Waman belonged to Maharashtra's Lonagra village.
Sepoy Ilayaraja P
Sepoy Gawai Sumedh Waman
There were also reports of seven civilians sustaining pellet injuries after clashing with security forces in Awneera to break the cordon around the village on Saturday.
Six top terror group leaders, including LeT's Abu Dujana, and Burhan Wani's successor Sabzar Ahmad Bhat of Hizbul Mujahideen, were among 132 terrorists killed in encounters with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, so far this year, according to official figures.