Three soldiers and one terrorist were killed in a gun battle between security forces and militants in northern Kashmir’s Bandipora district. Reports said the encounter is ongoing in the Hajin area of the district. The militant was killed in Parray Mohalla in the Hajin area.
Six other security men and a civilian were also injured in the gun battle. After army men got the information about the presence of militant, security forces launched a search operation and the battle started at 5:30 am.
An official said when the forces were conducting a search operation, the hiding militants started gun fire.
Sources said, “As the cordon was being laid, the hiding militants opened indiscriminate fire in which at least a dozen forces men, including an Army major and a CRPF commandant, were wounded. Three of the injured Armymen later succumbed to their injuries. A militant, suspected to be a Lashkar-e-Toiba commander, was killed in the gunfight.”
The injured CRPF jawan was identified as Chetan Cheetah and his condition is critical. The other injured were taken to Army’s Srinagar-based hospital.
This is the second gun fight which stormed the valley. On Sunday, four militants, two jawans and two civilians were killed in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
The official said two soldiers had succumbed to injuries and other three soldiers were airlifted to Army’s 92 base hospital and their condition was stable. He added the security fired back and the gunfight lasted for several hours in which four terrorists were killed.
Security forces have recovered four weapons from the spot and they were trying to find out the identity and group affiliation of the slain terrorists.
On February 4, the security forces opened fire on two top Kashmiri terrorists while they were trying to enter Sopore town in Jammu and Kashmir’s north-western Baramulla district. During the encounter, two police officials were injured.