Anantnag/Baramulla: Six militants were killed in two separate gunfights in Kashmir on Thursday, triggering clashes in the respective areas. In Tral, militants attacked an army camp resulting in killing of a soldier.
On Thursday morning, Police and army laid a siege in north Kashmir’s Kreeri village after receiving input about presence of militants. During searches, militants fired on forces triggering a gunfight, which ended with the killing two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants.
A spokesperson said two militants were killed and arms and munitions were recovered from the slain without disclosing their identity.
Meanwhile, dozens of youth assembled at the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway near Khanpora and staged a pro-freedom demonstration. The protesting youth hurled stones at the government forces who responded with tear smoke shells to break up the protests.
In the afternoon, forces launched cordon and search operation (CASO) in Arwini village in south Kashmir’s Anantnag after getting inputs about presence of militants. During the searches, exchange of fire broke out triggering a gunfight which ended late evening.
A police spokesperson in a handout said four militants were killed in the gun battle. The slain militants were identified as Owais Lone of Hawoora Kulgam, Sahir Makroo of Arwini, Muzamil Magray of Watoo Aharbal and Amir Tantry DH Pora. The slain were affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba.
“Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter,” police said adding, a case case in this regard and investigation has been initiated.
Scores of youth assembled near the gunfight site to help militants escape. They pelted forces with stones who in retaliation fired teargas to disperse the protesters.
After the gunfight was over, the police reiterated asking people not to venture inside the site of encounter as it can “prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials”. “People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any,” it said.
The advisory comes on the heels of Kulgam incident where seven civilians were killed in a blast at gunfight site on October 21. The killings triggered massive resentment among locals with Amnesty International calling on the authorities to conduct impartial investigations.
The Home Minister Rajnath Singh describe the kilings “unfortunate” and announced Rs 5 lac compensation to the slain which including students as well.
Meanwhile, a soldier was killed and another injured in a militant attack in Tral area.
Militants opened indiscriminate fire upon the soldiers of 42 Rashtriya Rifles manning gate of their camp in Nadar area of Tral here this evening, a senior police official told Kashmir Reader. In the exchange of gunfire, two soldiers were injured, the official said.
Both were removed to army’s Badamibagh cantonment hospital in Srinagar for treatment. However, one of the soldiers succumbed to his injuries, the police official said.