Militant Killed, 3 Civilian Injured In Anantnag

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SRINAGAR — One militant was killed on Friday in a gunfight with the government forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, police said.

The militant’s body was recovered from the gunfight area in Gandole village of Kokernag area, a police spokesperson said.

 “During the search operation, search party came in contact with the militants leading to an encounter and in the ensuing encounter, one militant was killed.”

Huge quantity of ammunition and incriminating material has been seized from the site of encounter, he said.

From the incriminating material seized it is learnt that the killed militant is a Pakistani affiliated with JeM and was involved in several attacks on security forces and civilian in the area, he said.

“Police has registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated in the instant matter.”

A local said that two houses were blasted by the forces during the operation.

Authorities have snapped Internet service in parts of Anantnag district in the wake of the gunfight.

Meanwhile, three civilians were injured during clashes with the forces near the site of the gunfight in Gadol village.

One of the injured, identified as Yawar Ahmad, was brought to district hospital Anantnag for treatment. A doctor treating him said Ahmad has suffered a bullet injury in the back of his head.

142 Militants Killed This Year: CRPF  

As many as 142 militants have been killed in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir this year, the Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), R R Bhatnagar, said on Friday.

There are approximately 200-250 militant still operating in Kashmir Valley, he told reporters here.

The DG asserted that the law and order situation is “better” in Kashmir compared to 2016-17 and the number of injured personnel has decreased.

As part of efforts to discourage youths from joining militants, he said a helpline called Madadgar was started by the force which received 2.5 lakh calls during last one year.  

 

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