Pampore Gunfight: 2 More Militants Killed, Toll Reaches 3


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Srinagar- Two militants were killed on Friday in a gunfight with state forces in Meej Pampore area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, taking the number of militants killed in the overnight operation to three, police said.

State forces launched a cordon and search operation at Meej Pampore area on Thursday morning after receiving specific information about the presence of militants there, a police official said.

He said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants fired upon a search party of the forces, who retaliated.

One militant was killed in the gunfight on Thursday, but two militants entered a nearby mosque to take refuge inside it, the official said.

He said the cordon around the mosque was maintained throughout the night.

On Friday morning, state forces used tear smoke shells to force the holed up militants out of the mosque, the officials said, adding the two were then killed by the forces while maintaining the sanctity of the religious place.

Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, said no firing or IED was used to force the militants out if the mosque.

“Patience and professionalism worked. No use of firing and IED. Used tear smoke shells only. Maintained sanctity of the mosque. Both militants hiding inside mosque neutralised,” the IGP said.  (with PTI inputs)

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