Baramulla: Two militants were killed in a brief gunfight with government forces on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad national highway in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday afternoon. Official sources in the police said that at about 1:30 PM, a black Scorpio vehicle bearing registration number JK01L-5792 on way to Baramulla from Srinagar side was signalled to stop at a naka (checkpost) near Kralhar area of Baramulla, close to the FCI store and railway station Baramulla on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad national highway.
Government forces including police and CRPF were manning the checkpost. When they went close to the vehicle, one militant opened fire at them from within the vehicle from a pistol, while another jumped out and ran, firing at the government forces. The militant inside the vehicle was killed on the spot by government forces and the second one was chased and killed a few meters away.
A police constable also sustained minor injuries in this shootout and was shifted to hospital.
Police said that a large quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered from the possession of the slain militants, including one AK47 rifle with magazine, two Chinese pistols with six magazines, three hand grenades, one UBGL with two grenades, and several bullets.
Police said that a case under FIR number 176/2018 was registered in Police Station Baramulla and investigation taken up.
Baramulla police chief SSP Imtiyaz Hussain said that both the militants were killed in the brief exchange of fire after police and CRPF men on duty at the naka point signalled the driver to stop. He said that both the militants fired at the forces and in retaliatory fire both of them were killed.
Police said that both the militants killed in Baramulla shootout were Pakistanis. They belonged to Jaish-e-Muhammad militant outfit.
They said the driver of the vehicle had been taken into custody and the vehicle seized by police. They did not disclose the identity of the driver.
DIG CRPF in Baramulla, Rajash Kumar, denied reports that some more militants had escaped from the spot. He said that there were only two militants in the vehicle and both of them were killed.