Three militants were killed in a 24-hour-long gunfight in Bahmnoo village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district ended on Tuesday morning.
According to the sources forces blasted the four residential houses in the village and para commandos were called in last night to neutralize the last militant who was putting up a tough fight.
Two militants – Kifayat and Jehangir Khanday – were killed in initial shootout yesterday morning.
An army major and a CRPF officer were injured after militants lobbed grenades and tried to break the cordon, officials said. “Both of them were moved to a hospital where their condition is said to be stable,” said an official.
Meanwhile, hundreds of youth from different villages of Pulwama and Shopian rushed to Bahmnoo and pelted government forces with stones from all sides in a bid to help the militants escape, witnesses said.
The government forces retaliated with teargas, ‘Pava’ shells, pellets and also fired bullets, triggering massive clashes.
At least 35 persons were injured in the fierce clashes and among them, five were hit by bullets.