2 terrorists killed in Shopian, encounter underway; top Hizbul commander among those holed up

A fierce gunfight has broken out between security forces and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, a day after another encounter in Budgam.

The attack comes just days ahead of India’s 70th Republic Day celebrations. A top Hizbul Mujahideen commander is believed to be among the terrorists.

According to sources, around 4-6 terrorists are believed to be holed up in Shopian’s Zainapora area and forces are engaging them in a fierce gunbattle.

Security forces were conducting a regular combing operation when the terrorists started firing. 

On Monday, terrorists opened fire at security forces in Budgam and two of them were killed in retaliatory firing. 

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