2 Militants Killed After 12-hr Gunfight17 February 2010
The Indian Express
Srinagar: After a fierce 12-hour gun battle, the J-K Police and Army, in a joint operation, killed two militants in north Kashmir on Wednesday. Though the identity of the slain militants is yet to be ascertained, the police said they suspect the militants belonged to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). “We have killed two militants,” Deputy Inspector General (North Kashmir) A Q Manhas told The Indian Express. “We have recovered both the bodies and are trying to ascertain their identity.” The operation against the militants was launched Tuesday night after a specific tip-off about the presence of militants at Kachu village of Wagoora is north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. The J-K Police and Army’s 29 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) cordoned the village in the night and the assault was launched at the break of dawn. When the joint team of police and Army tried to storm the house, the militants opened fire resulting in a fierce gunfight. The gunfight stretched for 12 hours following which the security forces blew up the house resulting in the death of both the militants. DIG Manhas told reporters, “We couldn’t save the house. We had to blast it off.” The owner of the building, Dr Bilal Ahmad, said the two armed militants came to his house Tuesday night and said they wanted to stay in the house.