2 JeM Men Killed In J&K Gunfight, Heavy Firing On LoC

**Srinagar:** Two militants belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit were killed on Wednesday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said.

Identity of both militants killed in Mamender village has been established, an officer said.

“Firing exchanges have stopped. Searches were underway in the area. It was a clean operation. No collateral damage or injury to any civilian or security force personnel occurred,” the police officer added.

Following specific information about militant presence a joint operation by the Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the special operations group (SOG) of state police was started earlier in the day in Mamender.

As the cordon around the hiding militants was tightened, they fired triggering the encounter, the officer said.

Heavy firing started on the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday between Indian and Pakistani troops in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri sector. Both sides were using mortars and small arms to target each other in Kamalkote area since earlier in the day, the defence sources confirmed, adding that the exchanges were continuing.

People living close to the LoC are scared following heightened tension between the two neighbours.

Heavy firing exchanges were also continuing intermittently at 40 places on the LoC, including Poonch, Rajouri and Jammu districts since Tuesday night, hours after Indian Air Force fighter jets dropped a 1,000 kg bomb on a specific terror training pad of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in a “non-military, pre-emptive” action.

The move came 12 days after 40 Central Reserve Police Force troopers were killed by a JeM operative in the worst terror strike in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy hit the state in 1989.

(IANS)