3 Unidentified Militants Killed, Major Injured

Life Under The Shadow of Gun: Civilians being evacuated from the encounter site in Pattan- KO Photo

Pattan: Three unidentified militants were killed in an encounter at village Yadipora in Pattan (Baramulla district) while an army officer and two SPOs were also injured in the initial exchange of fire.

According to police an encounter broke out between militants and armed forces comprising of police, 29 RR and 176 battalion CRPF laid a siege in Yadipora village late last night. “In the morning, contact with the militants was established triggering a fierce exchange of fire. In the first assault, a militant was killed while an army officer sustained bullet injury in his chin,” they said.

Defence spokesman in Srinagar Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that an army officer was injured in the firing “but he was stable.”

A police spokesman said during the cordon and search operation as the presence of hiding militants got ascertained, they were given the opportunity to surrender. “However, they refused to surrender and instead held two families comprising of 12 members including children hostage. It was therefore after strenuous efforts of joint forces that all the family members were evacuated,” he said.

The spokesman said that in the ensuing encounter, three unidentified militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site encounter. “The identification and affiliation of the slain militants was being ascertained,” the police statement said.

The police spokesman said that incriminating materials, including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. “The last rites of the slain militants will be performed after conducting their medico-legal formalities including collection of DNA. In case any family claims their bodies, they can come forward for their identification and participation in the last rites to PCR Baramulla.

Operation Suspended In Pulwama for Night

Meanwhile a gunfight between militants and government forces broke out in Babhoora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday.

According to the reports, a joint team of Police, Army and CRPF launched a cordon-and-search-operation in Babhoora.

As the joint team besieged the village, the militants present there fired upon them. The fire was retaliated by the joint team, triggering off an encounter, officials said.

“Police and security forces are on the job. Further details will be shared as they emerge,” they said.

Sources said that firefight stopped in the area and it could not be immediately ascertained if the militants have managed to escape. They said that village remained under cordon and operation has been suspended due to darkness.

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