Three militants said to have escaped from encounter site
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Pulwama: At least three militants are believed to have escaped the gunfight in Samboora village of Pampore, in which two army men and a militant whom police identified as Badar of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) were killed on Thursday evening.
The army men killed in the gunfight have been identified as Sepoy Suraj Singh Topal of Uttarakhand and Sigmn Kushwah Pradip Singh of Gujarat.
The gunfight began in Naristan locality of Samboora village at about 6:30pm, following a Cordon and Search Operation by SOG of police and 50 RR of army.
“The militants were asked to surrender as they were cornered in a house but they chose to fire indiscriminately, leaving two men of the army injured,” a senior police official told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the injured army men were evacuated to hospital but succumbed on the way.
“The fire was retaliated meanwhile and one militant was gunned down,” the official said, adding that the body of the militant along with an AK-47 rifle was retrieved from the site.
The body, as per sources, was sent to an undisclosed location in north Kashmir for burial.
Though police have not commented officially on how many other militants were trapped and managed to escape, sources confirmed to Kashmir Reader that at least three other militants were trapped.
“It was in the initial fifteen minutes of the gunfight that the trapped militants managed to break the cordon and escape,” a police source told Kashmir Reader.
Intense clashes broke out across Samboora village soon after the government forces reached the area on Thursday evening. Tear smoke shells were used to disperse the protestors. There were no reports of any injuries during the clashes.
Internet services, snapped soon after the gunfight began, remained snapped for a wee less than 24 hours across Pulwama district.
A complete shutdown was observed on Friday in many parts of Pulwama district, including Pampore, Samboora and some other areas.