|Bandipora encounter: Two terrorists dead, combing ops underway|
Srinagar: Two terrorists died in an encounter between terrorists and security forces which is currently underway at Hajin area of north Kashmir's Bandipora district on Thursday. Another terrorists is reportedly still trapped.
On Wednesday, terrorists shot four policemen dead in Shopian district, hours after two dreaded Hizbul Mujahideen militants, including the Valley's oldest surviving terrorist, were gunned down by security forces in neighbouring Anantnag.
"Terrorists fired indiscriminately upon a police party at Arhama in district Shopian," a police spokesman said. The four ill-fated policemen were caught unaware as they were repairing their vehicle, he added. Pools of blood were seen at several spots at the site where militants carried out the attack.
"The martyred policemen were identified as Constable Ishfaq Ahmad Mir, Constable Javaid Ahmad Bhat, Constable Mohammad Iqbal Mir and SPO Adil Manzoor Bhat," the police spokesman said. Special Police Officer Bhat had turned 18 this March itself.
The attack on policemen had followed an early morning encounter in which two militants, including Altaf Ahmad Dar, also known as 'Altaf Kachroo' alias Moin of the Hizbul Mujahideen, were killed in the Anantnag area.
Significantly, Dar was considered to be the 'chief architect' of attacks on policemen in the Valley. The attack comes barely days after the new Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Satya Pal Malik, took charge.