5 militants, civilian killed in Kashmir
Five militants, including a Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander, were killed in an operation by the security forces in south Kashmir’s Kulgam on Saturday. One civilian was killed and over 20 injured in clashes sparked by these killings.
“The operation was a big success as five militants, affiliated to the Hizb and the Lashkar-e-Taiba, were killed,” said Additional Director-General of Police Muneer Ahmad Khan.
Hizb commander Gulzar Ahmad Padder alias Saif was among those killed. “Paddar was a close associate of the slain Altaf Kachroo. They were involved in a series of terror attacks,” said the police.
The police identified four other slain militants as Faisal Ahmad Rather alias Dawood, Zahid Ahmad Mir alias Hashim, Masroor Molvi alias Abu Darda and Zahoor Ahmad Lone alias Rehman Bhai. “Zahoor alias Rehman and Mansoor were involved in series of terror offences, besides recruitment of locals,” said the police.
Arms and ammunition were seized from the site of encounter, said the police.
Earlier, the security forces used an improvised explosive device to dismantle a house in the Chowgam area, where militants were hiding and firing at them. The operation was launched on Friday night and contact with hiding militants was established in the morning.
One civilian, Rouf Ahmed Khan, a resident of Anchidora, died of firearm injuries suffered during clashes with security forces in Anantnag. According to hospital sources, three civilians sustained pellet injuries in their eyes.
Separatist Joint Resistance Leaders (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, have called for a shutdown on Monday against these killings.
One soldier was injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu’s Rajouri. He was rushed to Udhampur for treatment.