Awantipora: A Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant of Pakistani origin was killed on Friday in a daylong encounter here in Tral area of Pulwama district. A policeman was injured during the gunfight.
The police have said that the militant, based on material retrieved from his body, has been identified as a Pakistani national codenamed Anwar.
“Efforts are on to ascertain his proper identity,” SSP Awantipora Zahid Malik told Kashmir Reader.
The injured policeman, he said, was evacuated to hospital and was out of danger now.
The gunfight took place in Daar Ganaiund village, some 13 kilometers from main town Tral.
A Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) was launched by a joint team of government forces in Daar Ganaigund area at about 8:30 AM.
“There were inputs regarding presence of militants in the area, following which the operation was launched,” a police official from Tral told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the militant, hiding in a residential house, opened fire as government forces were approaching the house.
“The fire was retaliated, triggering a gunfight,” the police official said.
Local sources told Kashmir Reader that after about an hour of exchange of gunfire, the government forces set the house on fire, foring the militant to make a dash out of the house.
“He took shelter behind a stone wall and kept fighting the forces throughout the day,” sources said, adding that he was finally killed in the late afternoon.
Clashes meanwhile erupted around the site of the encounter soon after the news spread in the area. Hundreds of local youth hurled stones at the government forces who retaliated with tear smoke shelling.
Clashes also erupted in main town Tral, where forces resorted to aerial firing.
No one was injured during the clashes, however.
Mobile internet services in police district Awantipora were suspended early Friday morning and were still snapped when last reports came in.