2 cops injured during search operation in Kashmir

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 14, 2017

Three militants were killed while a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander managed to give slip to security forces in an overnight encounter in south Kashmir's volatile Shopian district.

At least two to three terrorists are suspected to have been trapped in the area. "If they (Pak Army) fire one bullet, we (Indian Army) retaliate with 10 bullets", Singh said here. The security forces were involved in a search and cordon off operation which had the militants trapped. Itoo, often called a "vintage militant", had joined Hizbul Mujahideen in 1996. Soon after the news about killing of the militants spread clashes erupted in number of places particularly parts of south Kashmir and central Kashmir's Budgam district. This prompted the security forces to wait till dawn while keeping a tight cordon around the area before launching a major strike.

The Police on Saturday said, the terrorists fired at the Army building in Kalaroos area during the night. The killed army men were identified as Sepoy Gawai Sumedh Waman, 25, and Sepoy Ilayaraja P, also 25 years-old. "The gunfight is still g oing on in the village", police said.

A fierce firefight broke out in which three militants and two soldiers were killed, army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia told AFP.

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The operation is still on, the official said.

The house in Awneera village in which the militants had been hiding was blasted by the security forces. The police responded by firing tear gas shells and pellets.

Internet services have been blocked in Badgam district following the identification of Itoo among the slain militants.

A civilian identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir, who was injured in an explosion at Dalgate area of uptown Srinagar last evening, succumbed to injuries at a hospital.

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