Army officer and two militants among five killed in encounter
Militants shot dead an army officer and two policemen in a fierce overnight gun
battle in Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir in which both the attackers
were also killed.
Six security men
and a woman were also injured in the encounter that broke out at village
Zunrishi in Kralpora area, 120 km from here, last evening when a joint party of
police and Army launched a search operation to flush out hiding militants,
Police said Tuesday.
Police said the
house where the militants had taken shelter was destroyed in the gun battle
that ended this afternoon.
Bodies of both
the militants and the two policemen, who were part of the search party, which
stormed the house to neutralise the militants, were recovered from the debris
of the building after the encounter ended, police said.
Commissioned Officer of the Army was killed and six security men - four
policemen and two soldiers - and a woman were injured in the encounter, it
said. The injured were shifted to hospital where condition of two policemen including
an Assistant Sub-Inspector was stated to be ‘serious’, the officer said.
spokesman identified the slain security personnel as Army JCO Kakanvari, Head
constable Mohammad Shafi and Constable Riyaz Ahmad.
militants were stated to belonging to Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) and a huge cache of
arms and ammunition was recovered from them, the spokesman said, adding the
woman, Shahmaali Begum, had suffered injury in her leg and was hospitalised.
and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah condoled the death of security
personnel in the encounter. In his condolence message to the bereaved families,
Omar highlighted the bravery of jawans in combating militancy and protecting
the lives and property of the people of the state.
The attack took
place two days before voting in J and K is due to be held for the Lok Sabha
elections. Security has been stepped up across the state, which will go to the
polls in five stages between April 10 and May 7.