J&K: Trooper killed, civilian injured in Pulwama gunfight

Srinagar, May 12: A CRPF trooper was killed and a civilian wounded in an encounter on Saturday between a group of terrorists and the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Constable Mandeep Kumar belonging to 182 battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force, lost his life in the gun battle with four to six militants holed up in a house in Wagum village.

The house owner was injured in the firing exchange. He received bullet injuries on his shoulder and was said to be out of danger.

“In order to avoid civilian casualties, the security forces used extreme restrain,” news agency IANS quoted a police officer as saying.

“The militants taking advantage of the darkness managed to escape”,  he added.

The gunfight erupted after a joined team of the Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operations Group of state police and the paramilitary troop launched a search and flush out operation, following the tip-off of militant presence.

As the security forces tightened the cordon, hiding terrorists fired at them triggering the encounter.

Scattered incidents of stone pelting was reported in the vicinity. Fearing an escalation the security forces abandoned the cordon and search operation in the area.

In a bid to check the spread of rumours, mobile Internet services have been suspended in Pulwama

Rail services between Baramulla town and Bannihal town of Jammu region have also been suspended for the day.


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