Two militants and an army soldier were killed and two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel wounded in a gunfight in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Tuesday.
A police official said that two militants were killed in the gunfight. “The bodies are yet to be recovered,” he saiid, adding that the slain are believed to be affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit. He said the operation is going on.
He said that an army soldier, identified as Prakash Yadav, was wounded in the firefight. He was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed.
The official said that two CRPF personnel, identified as sub-inspector Amit Kumar and Constable Avnish, were also injured in the gunfight that broke out around 1 am in Redwani area of the district.
Local sources said that sound of huge blasts rattled the area today morning.
They said that a joint team of army’s 1RR, CRPF and SOG cordoned off Redwani after midnight following inputs about the presence of militants.
They said the militants opened fire after a search party approached the house in which they were hiding. The forces retaliated, leading to a gunfight which was on when last reports came.
Further details are awaited.
Meanwhile, Several persons were injured in ongoing clashes near the site of a gunfight in Redwani Bala area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Tuesday.
Local sources told Kashmir Post that youth took to streets in the area soon after the gunfight broke out around 1 am.
They said that youth hurled stones at the forces to disrupt the operation and help the militants escape from the area.
An eye witness said that forces fired pellets at the protesters to chase them away.
An official at Public Health Centre Frisal said that three persons with pellet injuries were brought to the facility for treatment. “They were referred to district hospital Anantnag for specialised treatment,” he said.
Meanwhile, firing has stopped at the gunfight site. Two militants and an army soldier were killed and two CRPF personnel injured in the gunfight.
The identity of the slain militants, believed to be affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba, was not immediately known.