HM commander killed in Sopore gunfight

Baramulla encounter: Militant killed in encounter with security forces

A district commander of HM outfit was killed in an encounter in North Kashmir's Sopore district, police spokesman said'. The operation which was launched following inputs of terrorists hiding in the region is now underway.

The security forces launched a search operation in Sopore after inputs of presence of militants in a double-storey building in the area. Firing stopped at encounter site, while the body is yet to be retrieved.

Police identified the militant as Shahid Ahmad Sheikh of Kacxhloo village.

He said that one AK-47 rifle and some magazines and grenades were recovered from his possession. According to the news, there are reports of some other terrorists being hidden.

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The encounter took place in Sopore of Kashmir. The identity of the slain militant was being ascertained, he added.

However authorities early Saturday suspended all government run educational institutes in Sopore town while telephone except BSNL was also blocked in district.

During his interactions, the home minister will receive people's representations on how to bring a lasting peace in the restive Valley.

Rajnath Singh would be meeting CM Mehbooba Mufti and Governor NN Vohra during his visit.

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