Srinagar, March 5: Security forces on Sunday eliminated two militants in a 15-hour long fierce encounter in Hafoo Nigeenpora village of Tral in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. However, a policeman was killed and five others, including three CRPF men, Army Major and special police officer, were injured during the encounter.
The gunfight started on Saturday evening between insurgents and government forces at Hafoo area which is still going on. According to the sources, security forces launched a search operation after getting a specific input about the presence of an unspecified number of terrorists in Hafoo Nigeenpora village of Tral in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Security forces had cordoned off the area and search operation is still on.
Police sources told Kashmir Dispatch that a police constable of 11 BN IRP Manzoor Ahmad Naik resident of Dachna Salamabad in Uri was killed and five other men from government forces got injured including Major Rishi of the Indian army. The slain terrorists belong to Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammed outfits and they were active in the area for the last three years, police sources added.
Meanwhile, four children were injured in an explosion in Sopore town of Baramulla district this morning. A group of children playing in the fields found the explosive and fiddled with it, resulting in the blast. Police said the children have been admitted to a hospital in the area.
Interestingly, this is the sixth incident within three months of this year in Kashmir and up to 16 militants are killed. Meanwhile, more than 9 infiltrations are foiled by the Indian security forces and killed over 18 militants from 1st of January to till date this year. Importantly, 141 terrorists were killed in Jammu & Kashmir in the year 2016.
Since Indian Army have conducted a surgical strike on seven terror launch pads on the intervening night of September 28-29 across the LoC and inflicted significant casualties on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), numerous incidents of cross-border firing and attack on security forces have taken place.