Sopore Encounter : Fresh Exchange of Firing resumes-Army officer, Cop injured (VIDEO)

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An army soldier and a policeman were injured in an ongoing gunfight with the militants in Drusoo village of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday.

A soldier and the cop sustained injures in fresh exchange of fire at Drusoo village of Bahrampora in Watergam area, GNS news agency quoted SSP Sopore Javaid Iqbal as having said.

He said that both the injured have been evacuated and taken to hospital for treatment.

Earlier, the forces said that the exchange of fire had stopped at the gunfight site and that the searches were on to retrieve the bodies of the two militants believed to be trapped inside a residential house.

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However, an official said that fresh exchange of fire took place around 9:15 am when the forces were carrying out a search operation.

While unconfirmed reports said both the militants were killed in the gunfight, the official said that so far only one body has been recovered.

SSP Sopore Javid Iqbal said a cordon-and-search operation was launched at Drusoo village following specific information about the presence of two militants inside a residential house.

As the searches were underway, the hiding militants opened fire upon the forces triggering off a gunfight, he said.

The gunfight continued intermittently till wee hours today, he said.

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“So far one militant has been killed during the operation,” said Iqbal, adding that fresh exchange of firing resumed at around 9:15 am.

Meanwhile, sources identified the slain militant as Reyaz Ahmad of Naseerabad Sopore while as another one trapped militant is said to be Khursheed Ahmad Malik son of Ghulam Nabi Malik of Arabal Nikas, Pulwama who was missing since Tuesday morning. (GNS)

Mobile Internet service was suspended while all educational institutional were closed in the Sopore area.

There were reports of minor stone-pelting in Sopore town following which the market got closed.