Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Two killed, six injured in Kashmir gunfights

Two killed, six injured in Kashmir gunfights

While security personnel were conducting searches, the terrorists opened fire triggering a fierce gunbattle that went on for hours.

A senior police officer said two militants had managed to escape from the cordoned area during the operation. He was one of the longest surviving militants in Kashmir. They are Martyr Sep Gawai Sumedh Waman and Martyr Sep Ilayaraja P. Top police official told Mirror that the other two HM terrorists killed in the encounter were identified as Irfan-ul-Haq, a resident of Maldara Zainapora; and Umar Majeed Mir, a resident of Kulgam.

"One of the terrorists killed today morning at Shopian is identified as Yasin Itoo; operational commander of Hizbul Mujahideen".

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Itoo, often called a "vintage militant" as he joined Hizbul Mujahideen in 1996, had surrendered in 2007 and later released on parole in 2014.

Five soldiers were injured in the gunfight on Saturday night and had to be evacuated to 92 Base Hospital of the Army for treatment. Two injured soldiers later succumbed to critical injuries.

The gun battle began when a team of local police and the Indian army launched searches in Avneera village.

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Earlier, acting on specific information, the security forces surrounded Awneera village on Saturday evening upon which they were fired at by the militants, leading to the gunfight, a police spokesman said.

Rising Kashmir has learnt that dozen of people have also sustained pellet injuries during the overnight clashes wth the state government forces.

Internet services have been blocked in Badgam district following the identification of Itoo among the slain militants.

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Meanwhile, two J&K policemen Mukhtar Ahmed and Muhammad Ashraf and an Army jawan Raj Kumar were injured when the militants opened fire at a joint search party when it entered Wahab, Parray Mohalla in Hajin area of northern Bandipore district on Sunday, officials said.

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