2 militants, soldier killed in Pulwama gunfight

Anantnag: Two militants and a soldier were killed in a gunfight in Drubgam village of Pulwama district on Monday evening.
The gunfight started at about 5:30 pm after the army’s 44 RR and special operations group of police besieged the village after receiving inputs about the presence of the militants. The forces closed in on a house where the duo was putting up.
In the ensuing gunfight lasting an hour, Afaqullah Bhat son of Abdul Rashid of Karimabad (Pulwama) and Abdul Manan Dar son of Bashir Ahmad of Armbugh (Pulwama) were killed.
The soldier injured in the gunfight succumbed later.
Deputy inspector general of police (south Kashmir range) Nitish Kumar said both militants belonged to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen outfit.
“Both had joined the outfit only a few months ago and were associated with Burhan group,” the DIG told Kashmir Reader.
On Friday, twp militants who died in a gunfight in Shopian on Thursday, were laid to rest amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers.
Irshad Ahmad Sheikh of Maldera village and Adil Hussain Khanday of Bargug—both belonging to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen outfit—had died in a gunfight with forces in Manzimpora area of Shopian.
A complete shutdown was observed in the district with all shops, business establishments and educational institutions remaining shut to pay homage to the slain militants. Also, reports had said that clashes had erupted in Mattan, Achabal, Tral and Qazigund areas.
A protest rally was taken out in Dadsara, Tral, which ended peacefully. Protesters also attacked a CRPF camp at Ladiyar, Tral, resulting in clashes. The CRPF fired tear gas shells to disperse the protestors, but the protests continued for hours.