Seven militants killed in encounters in J&K

Seven militants were killed in two separate encounters with security forces in Pulwama and Bandipora districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, a defence spokesman said.

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2010, 17:34 PM IST

Srinagar: Seven militants were killed in
two separate encounters with security forces in Pulwama and
Bandipora districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, a defence
spokesman said.

Security forces shot dead five militants in a gunfight
in the forest area of Tral in southern Pulwama district and
two others in Gurez sector near the Line of Control (LoC) in
Bandipora district of north Kashmir, the spokesman said.

Official sources said the encounter in Tral, 35 kms from
here, began this morning when security forces launched a
search operation in Sajan-Dudkulan forest area following
information about presence of Hizbul Mujahideen militants.

They said security forces confronted the militants and
asked them to surrender but the ultras started firing,
triggering a gunbattle.

The identity of the deceased militants could not be
ascertained immediately as the operation in the area was still
on when last reports came in, the sources said.

In Gurez, two more militants were killed in the ongoing
operation this morning, raising the number of slain ultras to
13, the defence spokesman said.

The operation began on September six when the troops
guarding the LoC intercepted a large group of militants
attempting to sneak from across the border.

While four militants were gunned down on the first day
of the operation, seven more militants were eliminated two
days later.

Although initially Army denied that it had suffered any
casualty in the operation, the spokesman today admitted that
two jawans laid down their lives on the first day of the
gunbattle.

PTI