Gunfight On In Awantipora Village, Top Hizb Commander Trapped


Security personnel guard during a gunfight in south Kashmir. (File KO Photo: Abid Bhat)

Srinagar- Two unidentified militants were killed in an encounter with armed forces in Pulwama district on Wednesday, while another operation where a top militant commander is trapped was entering its final stages, officials said.

Army backed by paramilitary forces and Special Operations Group of police launched a cordon and search operation in Sharshali village of Pulwama following information about the presence of militants there, the officials said.

They said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants opened fire towards forces’ positions.

In the retaliatory firing, two militants were killed, the officials said, adding the operation was going on when the last reports were received Wednesday afternoon.

Unidentified Militant Killed In Beighpora Gunfight: Police

One unidentified militant has been killed in the ongoing gunfight in Beighpora village  in Awantipora area of Pulwama, said police.

“#BeighporaEncounterUpdate: So far 01 unidentified (militant) killed. Operation going on. Further details shall follow,” said police in a tweet.

A top militant commander and two of his close aides are believed to be trapped in a house there, an official said.

“Police last night launched an operation on a specific input at Beighpora. Senior officers are monitoring it since last night,” a police spokesman said earlier.

Reports said that Army’s 55 RR, CRPF and SOG are engaged in the operation.

“Contact established in the third operation at #Beighpors #Awantipur. Top militant commander is trapped. Exchange of fire on. Details shall follow..,” J&K police said in a tweet.

Beighpora is the native village of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Ahmad Naikoo.

Meanwhile, 2G internet has been suspended across Kashmir valley giving rise to speculations about some big development.

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