Militant Killed in Uri Gunfight, 5 Trapped

SRINAGAR: A suspected militant was killed in a gunfight with army and SOG of police in the Uri sector while five others are believed to have been trapped at a forest area in Rafiabad in Baramulla district on Wednesday.

A senior defence ministry official said that army’s 46 RR along with the additional reinforcement of 17 JAK Rif, 4 PARA, 35 RR and 32 RR cordoned off the vast area of Murgan Behak forest area of Bijhama in Uri and other routes connecting to Nowgam sector including Vijay Top following the specific information about the presence of some militants in the area.

As such the combing operation was intensified and the militants present in the area opened heavy fire resulting in an encounter, he said.

The firefight continued for several hours and in the gunfight an unidentified militant was killed, he said.

The official said that the remaining militants who were part of the group managed to escape from the scene while taking advantage of dense bushes in the forest area.

Meanwhile, army’s 32 RR and police cordoned off the Vijay Top forest area in Rafiabad following the inputs about the presence of a militant group. It is believed that the militants at least five in number reached there from Bijhama.

As the joint party intensified the searches in the area, the militants tried to break the cordon, however, the forces engaged them in an encounter.

A defence ministry official confirmed that five militants were trapped in the encounter with army at Vijay Top. 

When reports last came in, the gunfight was going on in the area.

Meanwhile, fresh firing started at Rampupil Post and Pather Mori Post in Kamalkote area of Uri sector along Line of Control and it could not be immediately ascertained as to whether it was ceasefire violation or gunfight between infiltrators and the Indian army’s 34 RR and 20 Sikhli Regiment. 

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