Doda- A Hizbul Mujahideen commander and an army soldier were killed in a gunfight in Posta-Potra village in Gundana area of Doda district on Sunday, officials said.
The gunfight started when state forces launched a joint operation in Posta-Potra village in Gundana area, 26 kms from Doda town, following information about presence of some militants, the officials said.
An Army soldier was critically injured in the initial firing and later succumbed to injuries while being evacuated to hospital, they said.
They said the search operation is going on as forces are searching the debris of the three-storied house which was raised to the ground during the encounter.
We have recovered the body of a militant from the scene of the gunfight so far who was identified as Tahir Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Malangpora village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
The deceased was a close associate of newly appointed Hizbul Mujahideen operational chief Saifullah and was assigned the task of reviving militancy in Chenab valley region, Inspector General of Police, Jammu Zone, Mukesh Singh told reporters in Jammu.
Briefing about the encounter, the IGP said a joint operation was launched late Saturday night following information about presence of the Hizbul Mujahideen commander in a house in the village.
The village is about five to six hours of walk from the last motorable road. The search parties came under fire from the target house around 7 am, triggering an encounter which lasted for five hours and resulted in the killing of the Hizbul commander, he said.
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