3 Militants Killed In Kashmir Encounter

3 Militants Killed In Kashmir Encounter

13 December 2012
Deccan Herald


Srinagar: Three militants were killed while four Army personnel were injured in two separate encounters in north Kashmir’s Sopore area 65 km from here in the early hours of Thursday. “On specific information, Special Operations Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police along with 27 personnel from Kilo Force, the counter insurgency wing of the Rashtriya Rifles and 9 personnel from the Para Regiment of the Army launched a search operation in the forest area of Cherhare, Bomia on Thursday morning. “Militants hiding in the forest fired upon the joint search team triggering an encounter in which one unidentified militant was killed,” police sources said. They said four Army personnel were also injured in the encounter. Sopore SP Imtiyaz Hussain told Deccan Herald that one AK-47 Rifle was recovered from the encounter site. He said later in the evening that in a separate encounter at Mundaji, Batengo, Sopore, 60 km from here, two unidentified militants were killed in an orchid by a joint party of the police and 22 Rashtriya Rifles. “On a tip-off we launched an operation in Mundaji village. Two militants hiding in the orchid fired on the search part and in retaliatory action both of them were killed,” he said. Hussain said the slain militants belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and most probably were not Indian nationals. “We are ascertaining their identity and it will take some time,” he said, adding that the killing of these militants will further improve the security situation in Sopore and its adjoining areas. Meanwhile, sources said LeT chief commander Kashmir Fahadullah gave a slip to the security forces in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Wednesday after the police and the Army had launched a massive operation to nab him.