Srinagar, June 24 (IANS) Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were killed while another surrendered in a gunfight on Sunday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district where a civilian was killed and 10 others injured in subsequent street protests.
Police said two LeT militants, including a top commander, were killed while another one surrendered in Chaddar Motelhama in Qaimoh area.
As the gunfight progressed, civilians poured out of their homes and clashed with the security force in a bid to disrupt the operation, police said.
A civilian, identified as Yawar Ahmad Dar, 27, sustained a gunshot injury in the violence. He was shifted to hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Ten other protesters also sustained injuries in these clashes, the sources said.
Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said here that the terrorists were killed in a joint operation by the Army, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and state police.
Police said the militants fired at a road clearing party of security forces in Chaddar Motelhama in Qaimoh area.
The security forces were carrying out a highway clearance operation for the forthcoming Amarnath Yatra when they were fired at by the hiding militants, triggering the encounter, a police officer said.
Srinagar, June 24; Two terrorists have been killed in an encounter that broke out between terrorists and security forces in in Kulgam’s Chadder Bhan area in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday after an attack on an Army patrol party.
Internet services has been suspended in Kulgam district after encounter between security forces and terrorists in Chadder area. Heavy firing is underway between security forces and terrorists in Kulgam’s Chadder area.
According to the initial media reports, two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants have been killed so far. Security forces launched search operation after receiving specific information about “presence of militants in the area”, reported ANI.
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“Reportedly two terrorists killed so far,” tweets J&K DGP Shesh Paul Vaid on encounter between security forces and terrorists in Chadder area.
The firing started after army’s 1 RR, paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police jointly carried search operation to clear a national highway ahead of the Amarnath Yatra, beginning June 28, a senior police official said.
This comes two days after two terrorists reportedly affiliated to the Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) and a policeman were killed in Anantnag district.
Indian army has finalised a hit list of 21 Kashmir’s terrorists that will be targeted to restore peace in the Valley.