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5 Militants Killed In J&K's Shopian Encounter, Including Burhan Wani Aide Saddam Padder: Reports

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| May 6 , 2018 , 12:36 IST

A total of 5 militants, reportedly belonging to the Hizbul Mujahideen terror group, were killed in an encounter on Sunday in the Badigam area of Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district. Saddam Padder, a close aide of slain Hizbul commander Burwan Wani is also reportedly among the casualties. 

The gunfight began as the security forces launched a cordon and search operation based on intelligence of militants in the area. In the encounter, 2 security personnel also sustained injuries. 

As the security forces gained on the militants, they reached out to the hiding terrorists to surrender peacefully but were no successful. 

On Saturday, from the 3 heavily armed militants in an 8-hour gun battle between security forces and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar, one militant has been identified as Showkat Ahmed Tak, a commander of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant group.

Tak, who was the LeT commander in south Kashmir's Pulwama and active for more than 6 years, was one of Kashmir's top 12 wanted terrorists identified by the Indian Army and marked as a category A++ terrorist.

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According to reports, based on inputs of the presence of top Lashkar commanders, security forces laid siege to the area near a newly-constructed house at the congested Chatabal in downtown Srinagar.

The search operation resulted in an encounter after terrorists fired at the security forces. In the ensuing encounter, all 3 terrorists holed up inside the house were killed, and 4 security personnel were injured, including an officer. After the encounter, 3 AK-47 rifles, a large quantity of ammunition, grenades, a wire cutter and a medical kit were recovered from the encounter site.

Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, SP Pani said the weapons and other materials recovered indicated that the militants were planning a major attack.

As the encounter came to an end, the CRPF congratulated the security forces for the successful operation in a densely populated locality without any collateral damage.