3 Militants Killed In Tral Encounter

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SRINAGAR — Two locals were among three Jaish-e-Mohammad militants killed and four army soldiers and a CRPF trooper were injured in a gunfight at Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday.

A police officer said a joint team of army, SOG and CRPF launched a cordon-and-search operation at Hyena village of Nazneenpora, Tral following specific information about the presence of militants.

As the joint team of forces fired some warning shots, the militants hiding inside the village opened fire which resulted into an encounter, he said. The forces used a unique bomb as a result of which house was completely destroyed. A video clip of the blast has gone viral and the house is seen razed to rubble completely with fumes of dust.   

Sources identified the slain militants as as Adil of Midoora Tral (Active from last two days), Danish of Pinglish Tral (Active from last 23 days) and one Pakistani.

Vendor Injured In ‘Army Firing’  

 A civilian was injured after army allegedly opened fire following a ‘gunshot’ like sound in Srigufwara area of Bijbehara in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday, even as police said that the man was shot at by unknown gunmen.

The injured identified as Javed Ahmad Waza, a vegetable vendor by profession sustained bullet injury in his back. He was shifted to the district hospital where from he was referred to SKIMS, Soura in a critical condition.

Locals quoting eyewitnesses said army’s 3 RR fired at Waza near the bus stand.

“The army mistook the sound of a tyre burst or a firecracker as gunshot and opened fire. One of the bullets hit Waza following which he fell down on the ground,” locals said.

Police, however, said that the vegetable vendor was shot at by the gunmen. “The man suffered injuries after being fired at by gunmen,” SSP Anantnag Altaf Ahmad Khan had said.

A case has been registered and further investigation has been initiated, he had said. 

 

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