Se­cu­rity forces kill 5 mil­i­tants in J&K, one civil­ian dies in clashes

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION -

SRI­NA­GAR: Five Lashkar-e-taiba and Hizbul Mu­jahideen mil­i­tants were killed in a joint op­er­a­tion by se­cu­rity forces in Jammu and Kash­mir’s Kul­gam dis­trict on Satur­day, of­fi­cials said. A civil­ian was killed and over a dozen oth­ers in­jured in clashes that erupted around the en­counter site as protesters tried to break the cor­don to pro­vide an es­cape route to trapped mil­i­tants. Army spokesman, colonel Ra­jesh Kalia said five mil­i­tants were killed in the op­er­a­tion and weapons were re­cov­ered from them. Po­lice termed the killing of five mil­i­tants as a suc­cess, say­ing they were in­volved in killings of po­lice­men and bank guards and in bank rob­beries.

Giv­ing de­tails about the op­er­a­tion, a po­lice spokesman said that based on cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion about the pres­ence of mil­i­tants, se­cu­rity forces launched an op­er­a­tion at Chowgam area of Qazi­gund in Kul­gam at mid­night.

“As the search op­er­a­tion was un­der­way, mil­i­tants opened fire on the search party. Ini­tially the civil­ians were moved away from the site of en­counter to safer lo­ca­tions and se­cu­rity forces then en­gaged the mil­i­tants,’’ he added.

Mean­while, Rouf Ah­mad, 24, of Anchi­dora was killed and over a dozen civil­ians were in­jured as protesters gath­ered at the en­counter site. Fol­low­ing the en­counter, a shut­down was ob­served in Kul­gam and Anant­nag dis­tricts while of­fi­cials, fear­ing fur­ther protests, or­dered sus­pen­sion of in­ter­net ser­vices while the rail ser­vice be­tween Sri­na­gar and Bani­hal was also halted. Three in­jured civil­ians were shifted to a Sri­na­gar hos­pi­tal.

Med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent, Shere-kash­mir In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences, Fa­rooq Jan said “They (three in­jured civil­ians from Kul­gam) are be­ing eval­u­ated, one had pel­let in­juries while oth­ers had fire arm wounds.’’

Since Tues­day, forces have killed nine mil­i­tants in Kash­mir and three mil­i­tants in Jammu re­gion in four dif­fer­ent op­er­a­tions. Out of them, five were for­eign mil­i­tants.


Po­lice termed the killing of mil­i­tants a suc­cess; al­leged they were in­volved in killings of po­lice­men and bank guards.

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