On Wednesday, three terrorists were killed and a policeman injured in two separate encounters between security forces and ultras in Jammu and Kashmir. While one encounter broke out in Anantnag district, another gunfight took place in Kulgam district – both in south Kashmir.
The first encounter happened when security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Nowgam Shahabad of Dooru in the south Kashmir district, acting on a specific input about the presence of militants. As the forces conducted the searches, the hiding militants fired upon them. The forces retaliated, ensuing an encounter. In the initial firing, police personnel got injured and was shifted to a hospital.
Meanwhile, another encounter broke out between the security forces and terrorists in the Mirhama area of the neighbouring Kulgam district. Three unidentified terrorists were killed in the gunfight.
Overnight Shopian operation called off after militants escape
The overnight military operation in Nowgam village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district was called off on Thursday morning as militants, believed to be two in number, managed to escape, reports said.
Two army soldiers were injured in the initial exchange of fire in the encounter that broke out on Wednesday evening shortly after security forces cordoned off the area following a tip-off about the presence of militants there.
Today, massive searches were launched at the first light in the morning, however, no militant was found the present following which the joint cordon-and-search-operation launched by police and army was called off.
A top police officer said that the militants “possibly escaped in the initial phase of the encounter in which two soldiers were critically injured”.
The officer said that intelligence inputs suggested the presence of two militants including a foreigner in the area.
J&K: Unidentified person killed, SPO critically wounded in train accident
On Wednesday, an unidentified person was killed, and a special police officer (SPO) was critically wounded in a train accident in the Kakapora area of the Pulwama district.
An official told the news agency that an unidentified person was hit by the speedy train who died on Kakapora. An SPO identified as Shabir Ahmed, while trying to save the unknown person, was also hit and critically wounded.
“The injured SPO was critically wounded and is being treated at SMHS hospital,” a doctor said, adding that his condition is very bad.
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