6 Militants, Soldier Killed In South Kashmir Encounters

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Srinagar- Three militants and a soldier were killed in an overnight encounter with government forces in Anantnag district, taking the number of militants’ killed in the last 24 hours to six, police said Thursday.

Pakistani militant Sultan alias Rayees and his two local associates Nisar Ahmad Khanday of Kapran and Altaf Ahmad Shah of Dooru were killed in an encounter that broke out on Wednesday night after a joint team of police, army’s 19 RR and the personnel of CRPF 164 battalion laid a siege around Nowgam village of Dooru and launched a cordon and search operation to hunt down the hiding militants, a police spokesperson said.

He said bodies of all the militants associated with JeM were retrieved from the site of encounter. As per police records, he said, all the killed militants were part of group involved in several terror crime cases including attacks on security forces and civilian atrocities.

“Several terror crime cases were registered against them, including attack on family of a police personnel at Kokagund in which his wife and daughter received injuries,” he added.

Giving more details of the operation, the police spokesperson said that when the presence of militants was ascertained they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter.

“In the initial exchange of fire, four security forces personnel including a policeman received gunshot injuries. They were evacuated to hospital for treatment of their injuries however; one Army Jawan succumbed to his injuries and attained martyrdom. In order to evacuate the trapped civilians around the encounter site, the operation was halted till safe evacuation of all the civilians,” he said.

Earlier, the police spokesperson said that three more militants were killed in Mirhama area of Kulgam on an input driven operation carried out by police, army’s 9RR and the CRPF 18 battalion.

He identified the killed militants as Shahid alias Shahzaid of Pakistan, Mohammad Shafi Dar of Tral and Uzair Ahmad of Mirhama, all associated with Jaish.

As per police records, the spokesperson said that Shazaid was listed among the top most wanted militants operating in J&K while as the other two militants were also categorized. He said all the killed militants were part of a group involved in several terror crime cases including attacks on security forces and “civilian atrocities”.

“Incriminating materials, huge cache of arms & ammunition including 02 M-4 rifles, 04 AK-47 rifles were also recovered from the sites of encounters. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation. Police have registered cases in both the incidents under relevant sections of law in respective police stations and further investigation is in progress,” the police spokesperson said.

He quoted IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar as saying that two of the killed militants, including Mavia along with another militant Suhail Rather were involved in the gruesome attack on a police bus in Zewan, in which 3 policemen were killed and 11 others injured.

“IGP Kashmir has termed the elimination of most wanted terrorists as a big success and congratulated the joint forces who work relentlessly with great synergy and coordination on ground. He also paid rich tributes to the martyred Army Jawan who made supreme sacrifices in the line of duty and also prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured personnel,” the police spokesperson said.

He further added that a joint press conference was held at 2-Sector Hqrs Wuzan by GoC 15 Corps Commander Lt. Gen. DP Pandey, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar-IPS and other officers.

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Zaid Bin Shabir

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

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