Day 38:Militants surface in curfewed Sringar as killing spree continues


SRINAGAR: A CRPF officer and two militants were killed while nine others were injured when militants attacked government forces at Nowhatta area of Kashmir capital Srinagar on Monday morning.

Eyewitnesses said that the militants fired at the forces in the area which is close to the historic Jama Masjid, triggering an encounter.

Ten security personnel were injured in the militant attack, a police official said, adding, a CRPF commanding officer injured in the attack later succumbed to injuries.

Two militants were killed in the exchange of fire between the two sides.

Talking to reporters shortly after the culmination of the encounter, Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone, Syed Javaid Mujtaba Geelani said that the motive of these militants was to engage forces for a longer period of time. They wanted to grab media attention, however, forces reacted swiftly and eliminated them. He confirmed that Commanding Officer 49 Battalion Pramod Kumar was killed in the shootout. “Both the militants seem to be non-locals, but we are trying to ascertain their identity,” he said.

A police handout said that on Monday morning militants fired upon police and CRPF deployment at Nowhatta Chowk near Jamia Masjid in the jurisdiction of Police Station Nowhatta Srinagar.

 “In the firing by the militants nine security force personnel including Commanding Officer of CRPF 49 Bn Shri Promod Kumar and a Police Constable were injured. All the injured were shifted to hospital for treatment where the Commanding officer  succumbed to his injuries.”

 “The militants entered in a building which was immediately cordoned off. An encounter ensued in which two militants were killed. Their identity is being ascertained. Two AK rifles, eight magazines with ammunition has been recovered from the encounter site.” (CNS)

Infiltration:Army claims to have killed 5 militants

Srinagar: Army Monday claimed that it killed five militants in an operation near the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector of North Kashmir.

A Defence official told CNS that a group of militants were spotted in Uri Sector while they were trying to infiltrate in this part of Kashmir. “They were challenged by our alert troopers and during the day long ensuing gun fight five militants were killed,” he said.

 He added that two militants were killed early morning while other militants taking advantage of dense forest escaped from the scene. “However, the swift operation launched by our troopers didn’t provide them an escape route. We engaged them and eliminated the rest of the three militants,” he said adding the operation is in progress while search operation has been launched to look for other militants. (CNS)

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