Militant Killed In Ongoing Khrew Gunfight, Toll Reaches 3

Army soldiers walk near encounter site during a gunfight at Khrew, Pampore, South Kashmir, January 21, 2020. Photo: Abid Bhat / KO

SRINAGAR – A militant was killed in an encounter with government forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir as the operation to flush out ultras in Khrew area entered the second day on Wednesday, police said.

An Army man and a special police officer (SPO) were killed in a gun-battle in the area of Tuesday.

The gun-battle had started after cordon and search operation were launched by government forces in the district on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh had told reporters that there were reports of presence of two militants in the area.

“The Khrew operation resumed this (Wednesday) morning after being suspended on Tuesday night. So far, there is no confirmation of any militant being killed there… We have reports of presence of two militants there and the search is on, Singh had said on the sidelines of a wreath-laying ceremony of the slain SPO Shahbaz Ahmad.

The DGP said operations against militants in the valley have been intensified.

Anti-Militancy Ops Intensified In J&K: DGP

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh said on Wednesday that counter militancy operations have been intensified in Kashmir lately, which have led to many successful operations against the militants.

He was speaking at the wreath laying ceremony of special police officer (SPO) Shahbaz Ahmed at the district police lines in Srinagar. Ahmed was killed in an encounter between the militants and the government forces on Tuesday in Zand village of Tral, in which one soldier also died.

The operation in the village was still going on as the security personnel were searching for more militants hiding in the area.

To a question about the use of drones by the Jammu and Kashmir Police, he said the police uses drones to keep an eye on all those places where security forces are not present. He said the technology was already being used by the police in many places where physically the forces cannot be present.

A series of anti-militancy operations have been launched by the police leading to the death of many top militant commanders.

Last week three top Hizbul Mujahideen commanders were killed in Shopian, including top militant Waseem Ahmed Wani. He was involved in the killing of eight, including four policemen and had 19 FIRs against him.

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