Sopore: A Lashkar-e-Toiba militant was killed and a paratrooper injured in an ongoing operation in Sagipora village on the outskirts of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Thursday.
According to reports, a search operation was on in Omarabad locality of Sagipora village when this report was filed, to find militants who escaped from the gunfight site. A police statement identified the slain militant as Lashkar’s Muzamil, citizen of Pakistan. The police statement said an AK-47 rifle and ammunition was recovered from his possession.
The police said the slain militant was the Lashkar commander for North Kashmir. A case (FIR 92/2017) was registered against him in police station Bomai.
Locals of the area told Kashmir Reader that they heard gunshots in the morning. The gunfight is believed to have taken place near the government middle school in Sagipora village, which is surrounded by forests and mountains.
Residents of Omarabad locality said they were directed by government forces to vacate their homes immediately.
“We left our homes in the morning. After that we don’t know what happened there. We somehow managed to eat lunch in the homes of neighbours in other localities. But we are worried for our property. Allah save our homes,” said Mehajabeena, a resident of Omarabad.
Senior Superintendent of Police Sopore, Harmeet Singh, told Kashmir Reader that a cordon and search operation was launched by a joint team of army’s 22 RR and 9 PAR (paratroopers) at Sagipora following specific inputs about the presence of two to three militants in the area.
When the joint team of forces fired shots in the air during the search operation, the fire was retaliated by the militants, triggering a gunfight in which one para-commando sustained bullet injuries and later one militant was killed, Singh said.
When last reports came in, door-to-door searches were being carried out in the area.