An encounter broke out between security forces and militants in Warpora area of Sopore in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district on Friday morning. Two alleged militants were killed in the gunfight.
The security officials started a cordon and search operation based on a tip-off about the presence of militants in the area. Three terrorists had been reported to be trapped in the area of which two were killed by the security forces. The police have seized arms and ammunition from the alleged terrorists. Their identities and affiliations are yet to be ascertained.
After the dreaded Pulwama terror attack orchestrated by the terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) Jammu and Kashmir have been in a state of panic with several law and order problems arising in many areas. In the wake of Sopore encounter, internet services have also been suspended in the area.
On Thursday night the Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Sopore had imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which prohibits the gathering of four or more people in the curfew imposed area.
The Sopore police tweeted from their official handle on Thursday, "In view of the apprehension of L & O problem, restrictions under sec 144 CRPC are hereby imposed on the gathering of more than 4 persons in entire Sub-division Sopore with effect from evening 21-02-2019 till further orders."
Earlier on February 18, three militants of JeM were killed in an encounter in Pulwama district in a joint operation by the security forces. One of them was a JeM commander and the organisation's founder Masood Azhar's top aide Kamran alias Rasheed Ghazi, who masterminded the Pulwama attack.
(awaiting further updates)