CCTV footage helps police hunt down grenade thrower in Kashmir’s Sopore, 2 Killed


Two terrorists were killed today in an encounter with security forces in Nathipora village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore hours after a grenade attack on Sopore police headquarters. Police and security forces launched a joint pre-dawn operation after a tip-off on the presence of terrorists in the village, around 50 km from capital Srinagar.

“We requested the terrorists to surrender, however they rejected and opened fire. In the ensuing encounter, two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed inside a house,” said Munir Ahmad Khan, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir.

He said two AK-47 rifles and other ammunition were recovered from the site.

The police said the terrorists were behind yesterday’s grenade attack on a police headquarters in Sopore in which four cops were harmed.

Sources say the grenade thrower was gotten on a CCTV camera. After establishing his identity, the police arrested him amid a raid. Amid cross examination, the blamed led them to a house in Nathipora town where the two terrorists were hiding.

To avoid any incidents, cell phone services have been blocked and schools and universities have been shut in Sopore range, a cop said.

Internet services were suspended across Kashmir after Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, who has succeeded Burhan Wani, was killed in south Kashmir’s Tral on Saturday. His death is viewed as a major setback to the terrorist network. He was among the 10 terrorists murdered by security forces in separate encounters.