Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Exchange of fire in Tral forests, search operation going on

Exchange of fire in Tral forests, search operation going on

Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday claimed to have killed another militant in south Kashmir's Tral of Pulwama district, taking the total death toll of militants four.

He said a gunbattle broke out between militants and security forces when the ultras opened fire.

However, Defence Ministry spokesman was not available for give details about the operation. A soldier and a policeman also lost their lives in the gunfight.

Jammu and Kashmir witnessed 166 per cent more civilian fatalities due to militancy while there was a 42 per cent rise in the number of terrorists neutralised in 2017 compared to the previous year, the Home Ministry said last week.

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A joint team of forces along with the additional reinforcement intercepted the militant group at the upper side of the Goiytengo forests who earlier fled after a brief exchange of gunfire.

On April 12, terrorists had lobbed a grenade at a police station in Pulwama in which two policemen were left injured. Sepoy Ajay Kumar, 42 Rashtriya Rifles, succumbed to his injuries at Army's 92 Base Hospital in Badami Bagh Cantonment area here.

She also conveyed her sympathies to the personnel injured in the incident.

Meanwhile, clashes erupted in main town Tral after youth hurled rocks at a forces' vehicle.

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Earlier, three militants, a soldier and SOG personnel were killed in the fierce gunfight in the forests.

In the evening, as the news of local militants having been killed reached people, hundreds marched towards Handoora and Khangund villages, the native villages of the two militants believed to be killed. During the encounter, three militants of JeM were killed.

Ishfaq was an active militant since one-and-a-half year ago.

Sources told Kashmir Reader that one of the slain Pakistani militants was named Umar Khalid.

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