One civilian dead, two personnel hurt in Shopian’s door-to-door search operation

Militants attacked an army patrol in Shopian, South Kashmir, during a massive search operation by the security forces to crack down on terrorist hideouts
  • Over 4,000 soldiers and paramilitary personnel were involved in the huge anti-militant operation in Shopian district on Thursday. The South Kashmir search operation, launched after a spate of militant attacks and anti-India protests, was the biggest in the Kashmir valley since the 1990s. Tauseef Mustafa/AFP
  • Called ‘Operation Clean Up’, it involved door-to-door search of houses in more than a dozen villages of Shopian district, about 55 km from Srinagar. PTI
  • Barring a minor stone-pelting incident at Turkawangan village, the combing operation went on smoothly. Tauseef Mustafa/AFP
  • Soldiers (above) take position inside an apple orchard during a search operation in Shopian. The operation comes four days after militants killed seven people, including five policemen, in adjoining Kulgam. Mukhtar Khan/AP
  • ‘Operation Clean Up’ saw participation of army, Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF personnel. Mukhtar Khan/AP
  • An Indian army soldier speaks with residents during the search operation in Shopian. No arrests were made during the search. Tauseef Mustafa/AFP
  • After carrying out a search operation, security forces carried out a ‘reverse sweep’ of the entire region to ensure that none of the militants had slipped in after the earlier cordon ended. It was at this time that the militants struck the patrol, killing one civilian and injuring two personnel. AP
  • Soldiers walk back towards their base camp after the search operation in Shopian on Thursday. Mukhtar Khan/AP.
Militants on Thursday attacked an army patrol in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir, leaving a civilian dead and two personnel injured. The army patrol was part of a massive operation involving 4,000 troops to clear South Kashmir of terrorists.