Srinagar: Two self-styled commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit and a jawan were killed in a 15-hour-long gunbattle between security forces and militants that ended Thursday morning in Kulgam district of South Kashmir.
Two personnel of Special Operations Group of police
were also injured in the encounter that broke out around 6 pm
last evening in Khazanbal, 110 kms from here.
Superintendent of Police, Kulgam, Keshev Ram, told
a news agency that police assisted by troops of 62 Rashtriya Rifles
cordoned the village last evening following specific
information about the presence of militants in a house.
As the joint search parties zeroed in around the
house, the militants opened fire injuring Surinder Singh of 62
Rashtriya Rifles and Special Police Officer Zahoor Ahmad. Both
were rushed to hospital where Surinder Singh succumbed to
In the retaliatory fire, one of the militants was
killed last evening. Another militant, who engaged the
security forces till 9 am this morning, was subsequently
gunned down. The slain militants were identified as Tahir and
Ram said two AK rifles, several grenades, an IED and
some rounds of ammunition were recovered from the militants.
He described the killing of the two commanders as a
"major success" as the two were involved in the killings of
civilians in South Kashmir.
The killing of the two militants comes close on the
heels of gunning down of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Riyaz
Ahmad Deedad at Abhama, 60 kms from here, in Pulwama district