Bandipora: Two Pakistani millitants were killed and another injured in a gunfight which began soon after militants fired upon a search party of army and police here in Hajin town of Bandipora Thursday morning, police said.
According to sources, four militants were first trapped in a residential house at Par Mohalla locality of the town. The gunfire began here, and resulted in the death of one militant. Three managed to escape, one of them having sustained bullet injuries.
They were trapped again at Hajam Mohalla, where the second militant was killed. The other two militants, among whom one was critically injured, again managed to escape.
Director General of Police SP Vaid said in a tweet, “Two militants were killed while the third militant was also injured”. Police believed that the injured militant may have succumbed to his injuries, but the search operation that lasted till late afternoon yielded no trace of him.
Senior Superintendent of Police in Bandipora, Sheikh Zulfikar Azad, told Kashmir Reader that the militants killed in the gunfight were Pakistanis belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba outfit. “Two Pakistani Lashkar militants were killed and another was injured in the firefight. His information is being collected,” he said.
In the gunfire, a civilian from Hajin, Ghulam Mohammad, 28, was also injured. He received a firearm injury to his right shoulder. Block Medical Officer Tariq Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that his condition was stable and the patient was referred to Jehlum Valley Medical College Hospital, Srinagar.
Violent street clashes which began soon after the forces cordoned off the localities in search of militants witnessed intense stone-pelting by youth. Government forces retaliated by firing tear smoke shells.
Internet services remained suspeded in the district till the operation was over.