Kupwara: A non-local militant was killed by government forces in an overnight gunfight in Trehgam forest area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, the army said on Friday.
Official sources said that army and other government forces launched a cordon and search operation in the upper reaches of Trehgam forests on Thursday evening. When the forces reached near a suspected spot in dense forests, a group of militants hiding there fired on the government forces, resulting in a brief gunfight. After the exchange of fire, government forces suspended their operation for the night. On Friday morning, when the operation was resumed, the body of an unidentified militant was found in the forests.
Government forces claimed to have recovered an AK 47 rifle and other arms and ammunition from the possession of the killed militant.
Army sources said that the militant was killed in retaliatory fire from the army. They said that other members of the group escaped taking advantage of darkness in the night. The search operation continues in the forests to locate the other militants, they said.
Local sources said that reinforcements, along with sniffer dogs and para-commandos, have been rushed to area to locate the escaped militants.
Srinagar-based spokesperson of Indian Army Lt Col Rajesh Kalia said that one militant was killed in the Trehgam operation at 05:30 hours on Friday. He said the operation in the area was over.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kupwara AS Dinkar told Kashmir Reader that the search operation was continuing in Trehgam area. “One body has been recovered from the area and it is still unidentified. We have not received any information regarding injury to any trooper yet. The search is still continuing,” the SSP Kupwara said.
This was the first encounter in Kupwara district since Eid-ul-Fitr. Eleven militants were killed in the district, most of them along the Line of Control, in the month of Ramazan.