Four militants killed in Kashmir gun battle

BSF officer, minor girl killed by Pak shelling

2 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Srinagar: Four militants were killed in a gunfight with security forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday. Four security personnel, including three army jawans, were wounded in the encounter, reports Hindustan Times.

Security officials said that a joint party of the police, army and CRPF launched a search operation at Lassipora in Pulwama after information about presence of militants.

The police said that during the searches, the hiding militants fired upon the search party that led to gun fight between the two groups. “In the ensuing encounter, four terrorists were killed and the bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter,” said police spokesman, Manoj Kumar.

He said that the identities and affiliations of the militants are being ascertained. “In the initial exchange of fire, three army jawans and one policeman sustained injuries. They have been hospitalised for the treatment of their injuries and are stated to be stable,” he said. 

The police said that it was a clean operation and no collateral damage happened during the encounter.

“Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, was recovered from the site of encounter. The police has registered a case,” the spokesman said.

The police have requested the citizens not to venture near the place of encounter till the area is completely sanitised and cleared of all the explosive materials if any.

Meanwhile Jammu: A minor girl aged around five to six years old and a Border Security Force Inspector were killed on Monday when Pakistani troops opened fire and shot mortars on Indian positions and forward villages along the Line of Control in the Poonch district. Four BSF jawans who were injured in the shelling are said to be out of danger. 

As preventive measure the district authorities ordered the closure of educational institutions within five km radius of the LoC in the Shahpur sector.

“A minor girl aged around five to six years was killed. Five BSF jawans were among 14 injured in Pakistan shelling in Poonch on Monday,” SSP Poonch Ramesh Kumar Angral confirmed.

Poonch deputy commissioner Rahul Yadav said, “Two civilians suffered minor injuries in Pak shelling and as a precautionary measure we have ordered closure of educational institutions in Shahpur area along the LoC.”