Srinagar: Two armymen, including an officer, were killed on Friday night in firing by a militant, who emerged from the debris of a house which was razed to ground earlier in the day by the army and police leading to killing of three militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad in south Kashmir’s Shopian.
Reports said that as soon as army and police started searches of the debris, a militant came out of it and started indiscriminate firing, leading to injuries to Major Mukund Vardarajan of 44 Rashtriya Rifles and other soldier whose identity could not be confirmed immediately.
“While the officer succumbed to injuries on way to army’s 92 Base Hospital at Badami-Bagh Srinagar, body of the other soldier was lying near the encounter spot,” a local news agency GNS said quoting sources.
Meanwhile, the army and police retaliated, triggering off a fresh gunfight. The operation has been suspended due to the darkness.
Earlier in the day, three JeM militants were killed and a soldier injured during the encounter which started when troops of 44 RR along with police had launched a search operation at village Karewa, Manlo in the jurisdiction of police station Shopian.
During the operation militants fired upon the troops from the house of one Farooq Ahmed Bhat. The army retaliated, triggering a fierce gunbattle.
One of the holed up militants jumped from the window of the house in a bid to break the cordon. He was however shot dead by the troops, reports quoted a police official as saying. The slain militant has been identified as Muhammad Asif Wani, son of Abdul Razzak, of Drubgam, Pulwama.
Another militant has been reportedly identified as Shabir Ahmed, of Jammu’s Rajouri district. The identification of the third militant was not ascertained yet.
A soldier of 44 RR identified as Rakesh was injured in the initial exchange of fire, they said.