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Yasin Ittoo among slain Shopian militants

Yasin Ittoo among slain Shopian militants

Three terrorists have been killed while two army personnel lost their lives in an overnight encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district. Three others, including a captain, have been injured, the police said.

"One of the terrorists killed today morning at Shopian is identified as Yasin Itoo; operational commander of Hizbul Mujahideen".

J&K's Director General of Police Shesh Paul Vaid has said that there would be no let up in the tough campaign and reiterated that the youth who have taken up the gun have been left with only two options now - either to return to their homes or get killed in the counterinsurgency operations. During the operations, 2 Army jawans were martyred and 3 jawans were injured.

Itoo was Hizbul Mujahideen's operations commander in the region.

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The operation began after security forces received inputs that terrorists are present in Awneera village of Zainapora area of the district.

A police official said a body was lying at the encounter site. Two among them succumbed to injuries last night. The encounter also lead to the death of two soldiers.

Earlier among the three militants killed in the encounter, the police had identified one militant as Adil Malik but after verification, the police said Malik was not among the killed. However, the terrorist was later identified as Yasin Itoo.

Itoo was for long associated with separatist movement and later joined the militancy. The 41-year-old militant had appeared in several videos posted online in past one year.

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While security personnel were conducting searches, the terrorists opened fire triggering a fierce gunbattle that went on for hours. He said he was also involved in bank robbery case of PS Yaripora.

Officials say that during the gunfight, four houses were damaged. In wake of the encounter, authorities have blocked internet services in Shopian district and other sensitive parts of south Kashmir.

Smoke during the Shopian encounter.

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