Jammu and Kashmir: Day after Shopian encounter, security forces bust terror ‘hideout’ in an orchard

A day after an encounter in Shopian district in Jammu and Kashmir, in which four terrorists were gunned down, security forces on Wednesday uncovered an underground hideout at an orchard that was being used by the terrorists to hide. This is the third such hideout to be busted by the security forces in the state in the last one and a half months.

The hideout appeared to be fully equipped with ration items that could have helped the militants stay in the area for a long time, Times Now reported. The terrorists had dug a long ‘burrow-like’ cave in the orchard as their hideout, which was big enough to house four to five terrorists.

On Tuesday, security forces killed four terrorists in a fierce gunfight in Shopian’s Zainapora area. The slain militants included the brother of an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, reports said. The militant has been identified as Shams-ul-Haq Mengnoo, who was the younger brother of an IPS officer who is posted in the North-East.

Mengnoo was a Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery student and had gone missing last May, before joining the militant ranks. Read More

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