Poonch encounter: Fourth terrorist gunned down, combing operation underway

One more terrorist killed as firing resumed between security forces and militants again in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Updated: Sep 12, 2016, 10:40 AM IST
Poonch encounter: Fourth terrorist gunned down, combing operation underway

Jammu: Another terrorist was killed in the ongoing gunbattle between security forces and militants in the border town of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, the same place where four persons were killed on Sunday, police said.

The Defence spokesman confirmed the news and said that the operation is still on in the Poonch district.

Firing resumed between security personnel and militants again on early today in the under constructed mini secretariat building in Poonch town, the site of Sunday's firing. Three militants and a policeman were killed on Sunday in the Poonch encounter.

According to TV reports, one terrorist is still believed to be holed up in the area.

"The building and adjacent areas were surrounded and exchange of fire were continuing between the security forces and some surviving militants still holed up in the building," the official said.

The victims comprised three militants and a policeman, while five others - a police official, a civilian and three soldiers - were injured.

Meanwhile, an elderly couple, who were held hostage in their own home by terrorists, was also rescued by the security forces yesterday.

"The couple, who were held hostage, have been safely evacuated. Three terrorists have been killed," Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Rajouri-Poonch range, Johny Willian told news agency PTI.

The terrorists were holding Haji Nazir Mir and his wife Mumtaz Mir hostage.

Haji Nazir Mir is a cousin of the Congress MLC and Deputy chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council Jahangir Hussain Mir.

Earlier in the day, the Director-General of Police (DGP), Jammu and Kashmir, K Rajendra Kumar said, "They (terrorists) are in a house, where there is a civilian couple in a hostage situation. Forces are rescuing them. We have to evacuate the civilians first."

In an another incident, four Pakistani infiltrators were neutralised at the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowgam sector in Kupwara during an alleged infiltration bid on Sunday. Huge cache of arms and ammunition from the four terrorists killed in Nowgam encounter.

Two other infiltration bid in Kashmir Valley were also foiled by the security forces.