Three militants killed in Mujgund gunfight

Three militants killed in Mujgund gunfight
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Srinagar, Dec 9: Three militants were killed and five security force personnel were injured in an 18-hour-long encounter, which ensued on Saturday afternoon after forces launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in Srinagar outskirts.
Official sources said following specific information about presence of militant, a joint CASO was launched by Rashitriya Rifles (RR), Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF at Mujgund in Srinagar outskirts. “All the exit points were sealed and house to house search operation was initiated,” they said.
However, when the security forces were moving towards a particular area in the village, militants resorted to indiscriminate firing, they said, adding security forces retaliated ensuing in an encounter.
They said two militants were killed in the encounter on Saturday, adding five security force personnel were also injured in the exchange of fire.
They said when security forces tried to move inside the damaged structure to remove the bodies, a third militant started to fire at the forces in the wee hours on Sunday. “The third militant, believed to be foreigner, gave tough time to forces as he was constantly changing locations,” they said.
They said the militant was gunned down on Sunday morning. “Five residential houses were blasted by forces during the encounter,” the locals alleged.
A police spokesperson on Sunday evening said that slain militants have been identified as Mudasir Rashid Parray of Hajin Bandipora, Saqib Bilal Sheikh of Hajin Bandipora and a Pakistani national Ali.
“The trio was affiliated with militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT),” he said.
He said the killed militants were wanted by the law for their complicity in militant activities. “Ali according to police records was involved in several militant activities and several cases were registered against him, including attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities,” he said.
He said Ali was involved in recruitments in Hajin and Sumbal areas of Bandipora.
“In the initial exchange of fire, one army jawan was injured who is admitted in hospital,” he said.
He said huge quantity of arms and ammunition, including rifles, were recovered from the site of encounter. “All these materials have been taken in the case records for further investigation and probe their complicity in other terror cases,” he said.
He said citizens are once again requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. “People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials,” he added.
Meanwhile, security forces on Sunday burst teargas shells to disperse demonstrators, who were trying to disrupt operation against militants trapped inside a house in Srinagar outskirts.
Official sources said that hundreds of protestors, mostly youth, hit the streets at Mujgund in city outskirts after fresh firing erupted in the wee hours on Sunday at the encounter site, where gunfight broke out on Saturday evening after forces launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO).
They said protestors tried to break the security cordon and march towards the encounter site, where a militant, believed to be foreigner, was changing locations and firing at the forces.
However, security forces deployed in the area burst teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators, who were pelting stone. Intense clashes were still going on when the reports last came in.
Authorities have suspended mobile internet service in the district as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of rumours.