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6 militants,civilian killed, Soldier martyred in South Kashmir gunfights
5/16/2019 11:07:36 PM
Saahil Suhail

Early Times Report

Srinagar, May 16 : Six militants, a soldier and a civilian got killed in two separate encounters in south Kashmir Thursday. A top JeM commander is among the slain militants, official reports said.
The Pulwama encounter left a soldier and a civilian dead, reports added.
"A cordon and search operation was launched in Dalipora area of Pulwama following inputs about the presence of militants," an officer told Early Times.
He said that militants opened fire after the forces approached the house where they were hiding.
"The forces retaliated, triggering a fierce gunfight," he said, adding three militants and a soldier were killed in the firefight that raged for more than six hours.
Police said that security forces were targeted by militants when they were evacuating civilians from the neighbourhood area around the target house.
"In the process one Army Jawan Sepoy Sandeep died and one civilian Rayees Dar also lost his life," said the spokesman.
The deceased civilian was identified as Rayees Ahmad Dar and his injured brother as Younis Ahmad.
Slain militants were identified as Naseer Pandith of Kareemabad Pulwama, Umar Mir of Shopian and from the incriminating material recovered from the site of encounter, one militant has been identified as a Pakistani namely Khalid. According to the police records, the slain were affiliated with proscribed outfit JeM. "They were wanted by law for their complicity in a series of crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities," he said.
As per police records, Naseer Pandith was involved in the killing of a policeman Mohammad Yaqoob Shah of Pulwama in 2018 on the eve of Eid. He was also involved in some weapon snatching incidents reported from the area besides several cases were registered against him for his criminal activities including case FIR No 30/15 & 277/14 under NDPS Act and case FIR No 25/16 pertaining to forgery, said the spokesman.
Similarly, Khalid who was operating as commander of JeM was involved in several attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities in the area, he said.
Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other cases.
Curfew was imposed in Pulwama district after youth started pelting stones on forces.
On Thursday afternoon, another encounter broke out between militants and security forces in Hendow village of Shopian district in south Kashmir
Three militants were killed and an army soldier suffered injuries in the gunfight. He was shifted to Army's 92 base hospital in Srinagar for specialized treatment.
The gunfight broke out after a joint team of army's 44 RR, SOG and CRPF launched a cordon and search operations today afternoon in Hendowvillage, a local news agency GNS reported.
A police officer said that three militants were killed and the bodies of the slain militants were recovered along with arms and ammunition.
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