Encounter ensues between militants, SF in Kashmir

Encounter ensues between militants, SF in Kashmir

Two Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants, including a "commander", were killed and two soldiers injured during an anti-militancy operation by the Army in Pulwama on Monday.

Official sources said that the encounter has ended and during the encounter two militant identified as Sameer Ahmad Bhat alias Tiger of Drubgam and Aqib Ahmad Khan of Rajpora were killed, adding that a weapon has also been recovered from the encounter site. "Operation in progress", it said.

However, protests erupted in the nearby villages, where people tried to move towards the encounter site, to prevent the ongoing operation.

The police official claimed that when the security forces were engaged in the gun-battle with the militants, a group of civilians started pelting stones at them to disturb the counter-insurgency operation.

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The official said that as the team got near to the house, security forces were hit with bullets, injuring two Armymen.

Amid the encounter, surging crowds clashed with the security forces.

Security forces had received intelligence inputs about the presence of suspected militants in the area.

On April 24 four terrorists were killed in an encounter that broke out in Lam village of Tral in Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir. Security forces resorted to lathi charge to disperse the demonstrators, they said, adding that further details are awaited. The police and paramilitary forces used tear smoke shells, pellet guns and fired some aerial shots to disperse them. Both the injured soldiers have been evacuated to the Armys 92 base hospital for treatment.

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