Kashmir: 2 terrorists, including LeT militant, killed in ongoing Pulwama encounter

By: | Updated: March 15, 2017 12:56 PM

Kashmir encounter: An encounter has broken out between terrorists and and security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Kashmir encounter: An encounter has broken out between terrorists and and security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.(Representative image)

Kashmir encounter: Two terrorists, including Lashkar-e-Taiba militant, were killed in an ongoing encounter between terrorists and security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. The slain LeT terrorist was identified as Mohd Shafi Shergujari. Troops of 130 Bn CRPF, 55 RR and SOG Pulwama involved in the operation, according to a CRPF official. “Unconfirmed presence of 4-5 terrorists, operation is going on, said the CRPF official. An encounter has broken out this morning, according to a report. Army personnel and Special operation group of Awantipora have cordoned off the area in south Kashmir, the report says. Authorities also suspended train services from Banihal to Srinagar as one of the railway stations is near the Pulwama encounter site, according to a report.

A few days ago, a fierce encounter broken out on between security forces and Hizbum Mujahideen militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Tral area of Pulwama district.

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In the meantime, a curfew was imposed in this area even as protesters had gathered near the encounter site. According to reports in PTI, nearly half of the house was brought down by the security forces but the assailants kept firing on them. Slain militant Burhan Wani, poster boy of banned Hizbul Mujahideen terror outfit, belongs to this area.

Last month, four army men, including a Major, and an equal number of militants were killed while 8 other security personnel and a civilian were injured in two separate encounters in Kashmir, officials said. In an encounter in Kralgund area of north Kashmirs Kupwara district, security forces gunned down three militants hiding in a residential house, a police official said. Major S Dahiya was injured in the encounter and later succumbed to his injuries, the official said.

Another encounter took place in Parray Mohalla of Hajin area of Bandipora district. The gunbattle erupted after security forces cordoned off the area following information about presence of militants there, the police official said. As the security forces were closing in, they came under fire from the hiding militants, the official said, adding 10 security personnel, including an officer, were injured in this. Of them, three personnel succumbed to their injuries later, the official said.

One militant, whose identity has not been ascertained yet, was also killed in the operation, he added. The two encounters took place two days after four militants and two soldiers were killed in a gunbattle in south Kashmirs Kulgam district. Two civilians were also killed in that encounter.

(With agency inputs)

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