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

Militants attacked an army patrol in Shopian, Sout... more

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
1/8Over 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
2/8Called ‘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
3/8Barring 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
4/8Soldiers (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
5/8‘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
6/8An 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
7/8After 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.
8/8Soldiers walk back towards their base camp after the search operation in Shopian on Thursday. Mukhtar Khan/AP.
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