On Sunday, two militants were killed in a shootout between security forces and militants in the higher reaches of Surankote in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, while one was arrested. Officials gave this information. Officials said that it is believed that the terrorists crossed the Line of Control (LoC) about three days ago. He was on his way to Shopian district of South Kashmir when he was caught near Mughal Road in the afternoon.
He said that it was a joint group of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed militants and was sent here to influence the District Development Council (DDC) elections. Officials said that with the help of the army, the police, after getting information about the presence of three suspected terrorists, conducted a joint search operation in the remote Chhatapani-Dugran village.
He said the militants were trapped in the snow-bound area and were asked to surrender but they refused and instead resorted to indiscriminate firing on security forces in an attempt to break the siege. Security forces retaliated and killed two terrorists.
Officials said another terrorist was caught alive during the shootout. He said that both the slain terrorists are suspected to be Pakistani citizens and efforts are being made to identify them. Officials said that the group is believed to have infiltrated from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) three days ago towards Shopian district.
He said that after getting the information, the police, along with the army, started the operation and closed all the escape routes but the operation was slowed due to snowfall. Officials said the operation resumed in the morning with the weather improving and they were asked to surrender by establishing contact with the terrorists but they refused and opened fire.
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