Srinagar: Two militants, belonging to Pakistan based outfit Jash-e-Mohammad were killed in a joint operation of army and police in Maloora Village, 15 Km to the north of Srinagar, summer capital of Indian Kashmir.
Police suspect third militant in the area and have launched a combating operation to nab him.
“We had received information last evening about the presence of three militants in the village (Maloora). The militants had come from Bandipora. Police along with 2 Rashtriya Rifles of army cordoned off the village and in the subsequent gun battle two militants of Jash-e-Mohammad were killed,” senior superintendent police, Srinagar told reporters.
A combating operation, Bukhari said, was launched to nab the third one.
“No security man or a civilian was injured in the gun fight. One house was partially damaged,” Bukhari added.
Bukhari said operation was carried out after police arresting a person. He, however, refused to divulge any further information regarding the arrest.
Defence spokesman J. S. Brar, told Agence India Press that two of the three militants holed up in the village were killed belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammad.
Locals said police and Army cordoned off some houses in the morning that followed nine hour long gun battle between the two sides.
“In morning around 8 we heard some gun shots. Then we fled to the safer places. As the day went on intensity in the gun battle increased,” Fayaz Ahmad, a local told Agence India Press.
Encounter was marked with Army using heavy duty equipment as helicopters made sorties over the village to pinpoint the militants.
“When at about 12 p.m two helicopters were hovering over the encounter site and a militant came out of the house and resorted to firing on forces,” said a photojournalist.
The house of one Nazir Ahmad has been razed to the ground.
JOC, Kilo Force Major General Ravi Thogde termed the encounter as a ‘big successes’ for the security forces.
“It was a very difficult encounter for it being in the populated area. In the first phase we made sure that civilians are evacuated to the safer places to minimize the collateral damage,” he said.
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