Hizb militant killed, three BSF men injured in JK
12 April 2001
The Indian Express
Srinagar: A Hizbul Mujahideen militant was killed and three BSF personnel, including two officers, were injured in a fierce encounter at Sopore in Baramulla district last night, a BSF spokesman said today. The encounter broke out when BSF troops, led by second-in-command O P Hada, raided a house at Warpora village following a tip-off about presence of militants there, he said. The spokesman said the militants opened heavy fire and hurled grenades on noticing the approaching search parties, which retaliated. In the ensuing gunfight, a Hizbul militant Sajad Ahmad Bhat was killed and the house completely damaged. BSF officer Hada, inspector I M Khan and head constable Lal were injured during the fight and admitted to hospital, where Khan was listed "critical", he said. Some arms and ammunition were recovered from the deceased militant, he said adding a search was on to nab his other accomplices. Official sources said another militant who was also hiding in the house, escaped.