February 2016 News

Three Militants Killed In Kashmir Gunfight

4 February 2016
The Hindu
Peerzada Ashiq

Srinagar: An ongoing fierce gunfight between militants and security personnel that started in north Kashmir's Bandipora district on Thursday morning left three militants dead and a civilian's house fully damaged. The encounter broke out when suspected militants in Hajin's Khosa Mohalla, Bandipora, more than 30 km from Srinagar, opened fire after being trapped by the search party of the Army and the police. The operation in the otherwise militancy-free area was launched after specific inputs about the presence of militants in the area. More militants hiding Though the security forces are tight-lipped about the operation and damage to the civilian properties in the ongoing operation, locals told The Hindu that they had heard loud explosions near the house belonging to Sonaullah Bhat. Locals alleged the explosion was aimed at demolishing the house where suspected militants were holed up. Preliminary reports suggest three militants have been killed. Some more militants are suspected to be hiding in the house. Deputy Inspector General of Police, Gareeb Das, said the operation may take time. 'Three militants have been killed so far, whose identity has not been identified yet,' said Mr Das. There were reports of stone throwing by locals. Para-military personnel lobbed grenade shells to disperse the protesters. The operation has been halted for the night and may resume in the morning, according to sources.