2 Militants, House Owner Killed in Hyderpora Shootout

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Second Gunfight In City In Less Than 24 Hours

 Srinagar: Two unidentified militants were killed in an encounter with the government forces on Monday in the high security Hyderpora quarter of the city; less than 24 hours after a policeman was injured in a brief firefight in the old city. The encounter also left the house owner dead.

Around 4:00 pm Monday, a joint operation was launched by police, army and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Hyderpora area which falls on the road connecting city centre with the Srinagar airport on the basis of specific intelligence inputs that two militants were hiding in a commercial building near Jamkash Vehicleades, a police officer told Kashmir Observer.

When the search team started advancing towards the suspected militant hideout, the militants, according to the police opened fire in a bid to escape from their dragnet.

“The joint team returned the fire, setting off an encounter. In the ensuing firefight, two unidentified militants were killed,” he said.

He further said that the identity of the slain was being ascertained and the search operation was still going on in the area.

Late night, police said that the house owner injured in firing my militants, also succumbed, taking the death toll in gunfight to three.

“#SrinagarEncounterUpdate: The house owner who was injured in terrorist fire, succumbed to his injuries. #Terrorists have been hiding on top floor of his building. As per source and digital evidence, he has been working as #terror associate. Search is still going on,” Kashmir Police posted on its official Twitter handle while quoting IGP Kashmir

According to reports, the outbreak of the encounter in the area, triggered panic and forced the people to run for their lives.

The movement of transport on the Srinagar-Baramulla bypass was also hit. Huge traffic snarls were witnessed along the bypass with drivers and commuters trying hard to reach their respective destinations through alternative routes.

The killing of two unknown militants comes less than 24 hours after a policeman was injured during a brief encounter with militants and government forces in the Nawa Kadal area of the Old City.

Constable Maqbool Ahmed was injured on Sunday evening when militants fired upon a search team that was laying a cordon in Jamalatta locality of Nawa Kadal. He had received a single bullet shot causing serious damage to his neck and spinal cord.

On November 11, police had claimed to have killed a suicide bomber in a gunfight in Bemina area of the city.

Amir Riyaz of Khrew, Pampore was a relative of one of the accused militants of Lethpora attack and preliminary investigation indicated that he was assigned to carry out a similar kind of Fidayeen attack, a police spokesperson had said Friday.

Three days earlier, suspected militants shot dead Mohammad Ibrahim Khan, a Muslim salesman of a Kashmiri Pandit trader in Bohri Kadal area of the Old City. A day earlier on November 7, militants shot dead a policeman outside his residence in Batamaloo here.

It is pertinent to mention here that last month, 20 militants, 12 soldiers and 13 civilians were killed in different militancy related incidents, including encounters and targeted killings. The killing of 13 civilians in a month, most of them non-locals, is the highest death toll in the last two years and the fourth-highest since 2012.

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Zaid Bin Shabir

Zaid Bin Shabir is a special correspondent at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @Zaidbinshabir

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